Wednesday, 20 August 2014

StencilGirl/Graffiti Blog Hop

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the StencilGirl / Graffiti week long blog hop and especially for the hop I have created a mini album using Eileen Hull's Mini Album ScoreBoards XL die along with the Perched Bird Stencil and the Three Crows Stencil combined with the gorgeous Barn Wood stamp from Eileen Hull.
I die cut the mini album from mountboard, these Scoreboard dies cut mountboard like a dream. I then took a lid from one of my Distress Paints and dipped it into Multi Medium Matt and added circles to the background and set aside to dry. Once dry I coloured the cover and the inside pages with Broken China and Worn Lipstick Distress Paints. I brayered each of the colours onto my pieces only using a light touch for the second colour so that both colours are visible when completed. I love how the circles resist the paint and add a further layer of interest to my design. I then die cut a circle from white card and again coloured with Distress Paints and then stamped the wonderful Barn Wood stamp onto the background of the circle using Weathered Wood Archival Ink. I also painted a paper feather and tucked that behind the circle for added interest along with a Botanical Remnant Rubs.
Next I placed the Three Crows stencil onto a piece of white card and applied Black Soot Distress Ink through the stencil, whilst the stencil was still in place I applied white paint to the Barn Wood stamp and stamped through the stencil, I love the texture this gives to the birds body. I also added a heart charm for further detail. I also included a few delicate paint splatter using white paint.
I also included pages to the inside of my mini album and added the Perched Bird to the inside, giving a tone on tone effect. The background was once again brayered with Distress Paints and I also added more circles using the lid from one of my Distress Paints and applied matching Distress Inks through the Perched Bird stencil. Keeping the stencil in place I also added some subtle background stamping to the bird using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Botanical Remnant Rubs and a further layer of interest. A bird house embellishments adds a touch of dimension.
I decorated a further page using the Three Crows Stencil, again applying Black Soot Distress Ink through the stencil and adding background stamping to the bird using white paint.
I have left the remainder of the pages blank so that the recipient of the book can decorate them.
There is a fabulous prize on offer; to be in with a chance of winning simply leave a comment on the artists posts below.


My fellow team member Shelly Hickox posted on Monday with a fabulous tutorial using the Candy Drawer die, you can see the details HERE. Eileen Hull created a fabulous mileage log and you can see all the wonderful details HERE and our coordinator Amy created a fabulous recipe card and gift tag which you can see HERE. On Tuesday my fellow team members Anna-Karin Evaldsson created a fabulous mini album which you can find HERE and Michelle Zerull has a feast for your eyes HERE. Inspiration continues throughout the week with lots of projects to inspire you along the blog hop journey. ENJOY!
As an added bonus I decided to do a giveaway of my own to celebrate this wonderful week long blog hop and also to say a huge THANK YOU to all my followers for your continued support.
To be in with a chance of winning the prize from the blog hop and my personal prize simply leave a comment below.

My prize includes: The mini album I created for the hop, a daily planner, mini typewriter alphabet Urban Stamps, metal butterfly embellishments and Wendy Vecchi Vintage Doily background stamp.

The giveaway and blog hop closes on Sunday 24th August. Enjoy hopping and remember the more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday, 18 August 2014

Happy Christmas

I have been using one of my favourite Christmas stamp sets today, SNOWY WOODS from Artistic Outpost.

To create the background I die cut an oval from white card, placed the oval piece into the cenre of the card and then brayered over the oval with Broken China and touches of Fired Brick Distress Paint.
I stamped my focal image with Potting Soil Archival Ink and I also added a touch of shading to the oval using Broken China Distress Ink. I also included a banner stamped with Happy Christmas from the same plate.
25 has been added using Alpha Parts, colouring with a touch of wax to highlight. I also included some background stamping using the stamp from the GENERATION REDUX plate.
I also included a large poinsettia die cut from Clearly For Art Film which I coloured with Alcohol Inks. I also added a small tag stamped with 'DEC'.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x



Thursday, 14 August 2014

CHERISH

Thursday which means it is my turn to post my weekly DT piece for Katzelkraft.
I went for a more delicate colour palette this week combining Broken China and Worn Lipstick Distress Paints brayered over white card.
I stamped the hearts using Watering Can Archival Ink and the LOVE PLATE, stamping the heart twice onto the background and adding a touch of background stamping from the COLLAGE DRAGONFLY plate using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
I also added a couple of Chitchat stickers for added interest along with two dimensional hearts too add a touch of dimension to the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sing From The Soul

This week I have used the SONGBIRDS plate from Artistic Outpost.
I cannot remember the last time I used purple in any of my creations so today I thought I would challenge myself to use purple in some way. I spritzed white card with water and then brayered Dustry Concord Distress Paint over the card and then brayered Peeled Paint over the top, brayering only lightly so that the first layer is still visible. I also added a touch of background stamping using the background stamp from the GENERATION REDUX plate using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Once I was happy with the background I then embossed the inked backdrop to add a further layer of interest.
I then applied some White Fire Wax over the embossed design to highlight the texture and detail further. I brayered a second piece of white card with Dusty Concord Distress Paint, dried with a heat tool and then stamped the ornate frame with Potting Soil Archival Ink, cut out the frame and then stamped the Songbirds to the centre of the frame and added to the centre of the card.
I added a banner to the card, stamping the sentiment with Potting Soil Archival Ink and colouring with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
I also included some seam binding which I died with Peeled Paint Distress Ink along with a dimensional flower and tiny tag with the word SONG stamped from the SERENITY plate.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Compendium Of Curiosities 3, Challenge 8 - Faded Layers

I am so pleased I have found time this week to join in the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Challenge hosted by the lovely Linda and this time around we are showcasing the Faded Layers Technique, page 58 in the book.The Curiosity Crew have created some fabulous pieces of art to inspire you along the way. The Funkie Junkie Boutique is offering a generous prize of $25 to spend in Linda's wonderful store.
It's my Sister-in-Law's 50th birthday today so I thought I would celebrate and create something to commemorate those 50 years and combine that with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. I began with a background of corrugated card to add texture to my design, adding touches of white paint to the background.
I then began with the Faded Layers Technique using Sail Boat Blue and Mermaid Alcohol Inks. I added a dimensional flower to add a wow factor and dimension to the design. I added lace ribbon to card and then die cut the layers using the Tattered Floral Die and then adhered all the layers together, once dry I then spritzed the flower with Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions Ink Spray to coordinate with my background. I love the texture the lace ribbon adds to the flower. For further interest I also included a wooden bird to the centre of the flower. My Sister-in-Law, loves her garden, hence the flower and I love the word band I added, I think it says it all really! I have also included a few Remnant Rubs to the background for further interest.
I added pictures of my Sister-in-Law to each of the hearts and then poured clear UTEE into each encasing embellishments into each of them. I also added 50 using Tim Holtz Alpha Cards, colouring the edges with Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink. From this picture you can also see my faded heart layers in the corner, I love this technique as I love adding layers to my design.
Chitchat stickers add the perfect touches to coordinate with the vintage pictures I have added to my design and once again more heart faded layers in the backdrop.
I added a banner to a Memo Pin, adding white paint to the edges of the banner to lift it from the background. I have also included touches of background stamping using the background stamp from Tim Holtz Classics 9 Stamp set and white paint.
Fingers crossed my Sister-in-Law likes the card too lol.
Whilst I was playing around with the Faded Layers technique I thought I would also try it on an old bottle and it worked wonderfully. I also added a tissue flower spritzed with ink, along with coordinated twine and a key embellishment.
Hopefully from this picture you can see the faded heart layers to the background of the bottle.
I have also included Remnant Rubs along with a wooden heart and Chitchat Sticker.
A heart charm has also been added for a further layer of interest.

Thanks so much for popping by. Tracy x x



Thursday, 7 August 2014

Katzelkraft Challenge - Embossing

Katzelkraft have a fabulous challenge for August, EMBOSSING, anything from dry embossing, embossing powders, embossed metal, wherever creativity takes you. There is also a fabulous prize on offer. Simply pop by the BLOG for all the details.
I created a background with Butterscotch and Juniper Alcohol Inks with a touch of blending solution added to the blending tool. I love the mottled background set against the white embossing on the Collage Anemone image.
I had scraps of ribbon on my desk to which I added stamping from the Collage Anemone stamp using Saffron Archival Ink and I then stapled the pieces of ribbon into place. I also included a metal flower embellishment again coloured with Alcohol Inks, along with a Chitchat sticker.
A further strip of stamped ribbon has been stapled into place along the top of my card along with two stamped banners.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

NEW SIZZIX RELEASE FROM EILEEN HULL - VINTAGE KITCHEN

I have some extremely exiting news to share with you today. Eileen Hull has a new release due around December time this year and I had the privilege of working with a couple of the dies which I am showcasing today with a couple of sneak peeks.
The first item I am showcasing is the fabulous CANISTER DIE which has many fabulous opportunities to use in different ways. I am already thinking about creating a bird house from this die and maybe a house design in some shape or form.
I will go into more details of how I made these pieces closer to the release date.
The next die I am showcasing is the COOKIE JAR another fabulous die, I love the dimension you can create on this piece and it is perfect for sending gifts like homemade biscuits and chocolates.
The new range is so versatile and has so many posibilites and these dies are Scoreboard dies and cut mountboard beautifully.
The picture above shows the very talented Eileen Hull showcasing her wonderful release. I cannot wait to get my hands on these fabulous versatile dies. My fellow team members will also be showcasing more of the range over the next few weeks and have created some fabulous designs to inspire you along the way.

These sneak peeks are to whet your appetite and we will have more details for you closer to the release date so stay tuned.

Here is a link so that you can view the full range enjoy!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x