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!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Out of the Cold - guest design for Frilly and Funkie

Well how proud do I feel to be guest designer for the new challenge over at Frilly and Funkie! I haven't blogged for such a long time, so be given the opportunity to guest design having won with my first post in nearly six months was a huge honor...just hope I'm not too rusty!

So the theme is out of the cold...and all the details as well as gorgeous inspiration can be found here .

So I used one of the new fab thickboard Etcetera tags - from Tim Holtz and I chose the medium one for this piece , so here is my make inspired by sunnier times and summer flowers :

I started by giving the base a coat of distress paint in tumbled glass and smudged on some picket fence with my finger. I added some texture paste through dot fade stencil to add some texture, left to dry and coated with a layer of collage medium .

Next I added some lines of distress crayon and smudged in with my finger, gradually and slowly smudging and building up the colour until I was happy  - I know I am late to the party on these but I am loving them !

When happy with the base layer I added a layer of collage medium and added more layers of colour to continue building ...

I then lightly sanded back some areas of the edges ...to give a more vintage feel and added in some walnut distress crayon...well there was bound to be brown in there somewhere!

this show the texture and colours- was kind of hard to cover some areas up.

I then started to add the base layer of collage elements ...slowly building as I went... I had used the other tag to lay out my pieces to get an idea of placement..as that helps me to plan the overall layout.

So now for the details...I wanted a splash of tropical colour and what better than shades of abandoned coral flowers and hand dyes seam binding...I used the Tim Holtz tropical dyes and distress spray stain to colour the foliage and flowers and then added walnut stain distress ink to highlight the edges.

I do love idea-ology so plenty can be found tucked in between the flowers and foliage ...

 The foliage was dipped into spare stain from the craft sheet to create a more natural mottled look..and a compass idea-ology piece to tie in the while travel / holiday feel.

I love the found relatives and am eager to get my inky fingers on the new paper dolls....so this found relative card formed the focal point ...plenty more splashes of colour...very unusual for me..

 The top was finished with a splash of hand dyed seam binding and an idea-ology plaque- wanderlust was coloured using distress crayon..to complete the piece.

So all that remains is to say a huge thanks to all the lovely ladies for having me as guest designer...and leave you with a final photo of the finished piece . 

trace x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happily Ever After

Well it has been a while but I am back over on Country View Crafts blog with a vintage inspired valentine.... and the project can be found here .

So here is the make :

and for all the details of how I made this please hop here  and a huge thanks to Susan for letting me pop back .... hopefully a bit more regularly x

Trace x

Monday, 30 January 2017

treasure everyday

So , after making my resolution to make more time to craft .. in tiny stolen moments - I have managed ...so far, alongside all the home school and mummy stuff to do just that ... in tiny stolen moments...

The challenge over at Frilly and Funkie this time is winter hues...and I do love this wintery palette , so decide to see if I could make something in time and  I have just managed to finish this in time ... so here goes :

So the front of this mini free standing piece has lots of Tim Holtz goodness and lots of layers of distress crayons and collage medium..I know late to the party but I am loving the crayons!

here is the back with another found relative...oh who is awaiting the new paper dolls eagerly...?

The base layer was some stencilled texture paste onto patterned paper from Tim stack...covered with collage medium and then plenty of crayons and some picket fence distress paint too..

 Here is the front side ...before I added it to the base ...some chit chat stickers and idea-ology to finish

and a close up , just because I wanted to capture the texture...

here is a side shot, I used clear rock candy glitter around the side for added sparkle..

and added some on the base which was painted and coloured with distress crayons...
and added a couple of the tiny idea-ology ice skates too

so there is my wintery hues make ... and I am loving my stolen moments and sometimes they are just a few minutes...and rediscovering why I love distress!!

So I would like to enter this into the wintery hues challenge over at Frilly and Funkie .

well that's all from me for today xx
trace x

Friday, 27 January 2017

See possibility everywhere

Well this tag was made a long while ago but has just never seen its day ...so I thought...why not...

This was made with lots of inky layers of distress and plenty of Tim Holtz goodness, I may dabble with lots of other things but somehow my heart always leads me home to my inks...they just make me happy .

This layered tag has been made with a large tag and a small one layered on top, some texture paste and resist stamping for the base layer...

And for the details, some die cut gears (Tim Holtz thinlits) made a little rusty...along with plenty of yummy idea-ology...

some dyed seam binding tied at the top ...and a hint of rusty wire....and a splash of idea-ology ...well maybe a few splashes!

so it still feels a bit weird being back in blogland and it my be sporadic at times  but it is a start ...

and I would like to enter it into the following ..

so that is all for today ..
trace x