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

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

stolen moments to get inky! - do your best

Well it has been a very long while ... and I cannot promise when or how often I will be here ... but I can promise that I am going to try ...as and when life and time allows. ( no need for all the details x)

So here ,after a very long time ...is a tag...just for me to get inky and sit at my dusty desk....and play with some of my much loved Tim Holtz goodies!


So ... why a tag ? ....because I love them...they make me smile and take me back to playtime really...
 so this tag has some texture paste applied through different stencils...(inspired by creative chemistry 103- way back in the summer) -



 some of my favourite distress inks....still my favourite - although now have my eye on the new oxides..oh boy Tim is the total inky guru!


I added some of my much loved idea-ology and a found relative....cut out ....but soon I won't have too when the new Tim paper dolls find their way to me!



So there you have it ..a tag ... a promise to myself to try and find some small windows of inky time ...just for me ...


I have chosen some of the chit chat stickers that spoke to me ... and are there to remind me ...




So not sure anyone will still remember who I am , or if you're still out there ...but it feels good ...just to be here x



I would like to enter this into the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie (by tthe skin of my teeth ) - as the challenge is New years inspiration ....and mine is to try and find some small snippets of inky time...and play...

here's to finding stolen moments to get inky!
trace x

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

summer of creative chemistry - week three - part 2 - I love us


Well so after a weekend of Creative Chemistry summer school - week three , here are the rest of the results from my playtime... part one can be found here 

If you would like to see the results please see previous posts ...

So here are the results of the tag ... using crackle paint resist and also shattered stains... there are some more shattered stains here in part one ...of week three .


I used the shattered stains technique...and I brushed this with perfect pearls..it looks super shiny ...but is hard to photograph..

I added stamped layers and distress crackle paint, finished with a bow tied in seam binding dyed with perfect pearls mist spray 


I finished with mini staples and film strip and idea-ology and tissue tape.


I added some tied seam binding at the bottom of the tag ..



and here is the stapled wire ...


thanks so much for stopping by ..

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Monday, 20 June 2016

summer of creative chemistry - week three - part 1 - creative adventures

Well after some playtime following some more of summer school at creative chemistry 101 - week three ..these tags are the results of my playtime using perfect pearls...

I will admit that I don't use them very often but have had fun with these ....

Here are some of the backgrounds ...


These used perfect mist distress technique and also perfect splatter technique .. the stamped background uses ...perfect distress technique .

here is my first tag ...



I created the background using perfect pearls and the effect is fab , but hard to take photos! 

I added some of the new Tim Holtz gears created using shattered stains effect
here are some close ups ..


I added one of the fab found relatives , some idea-ology and rusty wire ..
and tissue tape.
here is the background..


I added some seam binding.. to the top of the tag ..



and now for tag 2 -

using paint resist and shattered stains ...


I created the background using distress stains in colours to coordinate with 
the paint resist on canvas ..
and the gears created using shattered stains 


I added a photo booth and some idea-ology ..


I added some dyed seam binding..
and more idea-ology 


Here is the details of the canvas section..


So here are the results of the first part of playtime...
be back tomorrow with the results of the rest of playtime..

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Home sweet Home card for Country View Crafts

Well it is my turn over at Country View Crafts again and my project can be found in full here ... For this project I have used the same Paperartsy stamp set , that I used for the home sweet home bunting , that can be found here .

So here are a couple of sneak peaks and for all the details of how I made this please hop here .x



happy hopping ...

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - week two - part two- make a difference

Well so after a weekend of Creative Chemistry summer school - week two , here are the rest of the results from my playtime...

if you would like to see the results of part one - please hop here  , week one can be found here and here .

This is the result of a custom made ink pad, but I have yet to make a finished piece with this one ...still sticking to my blue/brown palette .. but I do love the soft coloured effect...


now for  couple more backgrounds and the finished tag can be found below ..


This tag comprises of marbled stains background... and watercolouring with re-inkers ... so much fun and I am loving allowing myself some playtime .. to do just that ..play 



I added plenty of my favourite idea-ology .. and some dyed seam binding...


a little more idea-ology , a girl can never have enough , right?


and here is a close up ...of the coloured image ..




This tag ... uses stained kraft resist... but maybe I need to take a leaf out of my little Lucys book and bolder with my colours ?
but you know me ...I do love my browns ...


here is a collage ... 


I added some stamping and some ...dyed seam binding at the top ...and some mini gears ..



and finally ... these playtimes have be spent in parts with my gorgeous little Lucy, who is braver with colour than me and a little star ...

here is her custom made ink pad...all chosen and coloured by her x 


so that's all ... for this week ...

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Monday, 13 June 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Week Two - part one - Remember the Now x

Well I am signed up and raring to go for Creative Chemistry 103 - and there is also a Summer School and I have to say I am loving it!! As many of you know , if you stop by here often, I love Tim Holtz and all his yummy products and use them nearly all the time .... but I am loving re-discovering some of these products ..... or reminding myself of how much fun they are .

So are the results of my playtime...and a finished tag... using some of the techniques from Creative Chemistry 101 - and little Lucy has been having fun playing too...

So here are some of the backgrounds created using stains and sprays made from re-inkers..



and here are a few more ...
backgrounds that are ready to be added too ...
and so much fun!


So here is the finished tag , using stains and stamping with stains...


I played with different colours , stamped and embellished as per the lessons


here are some of the elements from the tag..


I added some seam binding to the top of the tag..


I added rusty wire and staples...


And now here are the details of little Lucy's tags ...


and here she is following the lead from Tim Holtz and adding brown ink around the edges...


I think she did an amazing job!!

I am having so much fun allowing myself the time and space to play and create
 for the pure pleasure ...

keep those fingers inky!
trace x



Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - week one - part two - inky playtime

So I decided to have some more playtime with some of the backgrounds I had created in  my Creative Chemistry playtime ...for the first final tag I made please hop here ... and all the details of how you can join in the fun can be found here ...

So here are the results of my playtime today :


The first tag is another using brushless watercolour tag and the same windmill image ...but this time using wrinkle free distress ...

so I used one of the backgrounds and the windmill from yesterday...
to create a tag 


Tag 1 for today : 
So here is the finished tag and yesterdays using same colour palette can be found here ..


I added a bit of stamped and clear embossed detail first 


Here is a close up of the detail of the top part of the tag ...I added a sticker and some stapled detail..


for the bottom part of the tag I added some twisted rusty wire..


Tag 2 for today :


I layered two tags , one larger and one smaller ...edged with ground espresso..
and added some stamped detail..


I added more idea-ology and some dyed seam binding..
coupled with a brushless watercolour stamped image ...


at the bottom part of the tag , I added some twisty wire and a light bulb...


Tag 3 :
using some brighter summery colours ..



I used wrinkle free distress for the large tag .. and used four colours of distress as per the challenge


I added some dyed seam binding..
and tried to keep the tag simple..........


here is a close up of the top of the tag 


here is the base of the tag...


Tag 4 :
The lovely Amanda ..mentioned maybe I could try using the bright colours that Lucy had used ...

so this one is for you Amanda ...
not sure I am as successful as little Lucy was here  .. at the end of this post



here is a close up of the tag ..


and here is a close up of the bottom of the tag ...


so thanks if you have made it to the end of the post...

I am loving playing !!

keep those fingers inky!!
trace x