Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Artistic Outpost Product Focus - Flowers/Gardening

Artistic Outpost is now having a monthly feature known as Product Focus and this month we are focusing on Flowers/Gardening and all the stamps in the Flowers/Gardening category are all on sale up until 7th March and you can find them all HERE.
I am showcasing the fabulous SERENITY stamp set , I love the foliage, flowers and birds on this set and I thought this focal image fitted the theme perfectly.
I decorated the background with Distress Paints Cracked Pistachio and Gathered Twigs, I love these two colours together. I added drops of the paint to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then picked up the beads of colour with my card and then dried with a heat tool, and then repeated the process until I was happy with the coverage.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and stamped a few of the delicate flowers from the stamp set, cut them out and then added to my background, adding beads to the centre for added interest.
I am now thinking more and more about Spring and looking forward to the longer days and spending more time in my garden, this focal image really reminds me of my garden.
The letters were die cut from mountboard, coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink and I then added Tree Branch embossing powder to the top to give an aged feel.

My fellow team members have also created projects to inspire you further and focus on more of the wonderful range of stamp sets available.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lucky Is A State Of Mind!

The start of a new month sees the start of a new challenge with Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge and this month our theme "Go Green"; you could tie this in with St. Patrick's Day, create a fun up cycling project, or an outdoor vintage travel theme, however the challenge inspires you we would love to see where creativity takes you.
I decided to decorate a mini book/travel journal; one of Eileen's new releases from CHA 2015 which will be available soon; this little book is fast becoming one of my favourite dies. I decorated the book with Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs Distress Paints and I stitched the front and back cover to the spine, I love adding stitching to my artwork.
I used Tim Holtz Heartfelt Die to create the three leaf clover, adding three layers to each piece and then sewing into place, bending each heart to add dimension and I also included a heart charm for added interrest along with some rusty wire.
LUCK has been added to the front cover cut with Tim Holtz Wordplay die from mountboard and then coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink and sprinkled with Tree Branch embossing powder. I love the aged look this gives to the letters.
Eileen's die comes with the front and back cover, spine and the pages, its fantastic and gives so many possibilities for decorating. The inside pages were also coloured with Distress Paints and I also stitched my mop up kitchen towel to the inside of the cover along with smaller hearts. I also included the fabulous sentiment from Tim Holtz Handwritten thoughts stamp set. I also included random stitching to add further interest.
I have added random stitching to each of the pages along with die cut hearts.
I added natural twine to bind the pages together, I love the mix of natural twine and the Distress Paints.

I would also like to enter this piece into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this time around is "Just A Hint Of Clover". Simon Says Stamp is also offering a fabulous $50 prize.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Monday, 2 March 2015

Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey

I was delighted to receive an email from Brenda asking if I would like to be a Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey, The theme this time around is 'Special Numbers' hosted by Jools who describes the challenge as follows:-

So many of Tim Holtz products have numbers, papers, stamps, rub-ons, stencils and Idea-ology to name a few. Incorporate your significant numbers it could be Birthdays, Age, Anniversary or the lucky ones! use them on any project you wish and if possible explain the importance; we would like to see a vintage theme using Tim's techniques and products where possible.

I decided to create two projects for my Guest appearance, created for my husband's 48th birthday in April.
My first piece is a mixed media piece created from a piece of corrugated card cut to 8" x 8". I began by die cutting the base of a matchbox die cut from white card using Tim Holtz Matchbox Die, using only the base and creating an aperture within my design. The inside of the aperture has been coloured with touches of Gathered Twigs and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints.The next layer was a piece of cheesecloth applied to the background for added texture to my design.
Die cut hearts have also been added to the background die cut from mountboard using Tim Holtz new Heartfelt Die and I then applied Texture Paste over the Cargo Layering Stencil to add numbers to each of the hearts. I also added further texture to the design adding Texture Paste over the Honeycomb Layering Stencil. Once all my elements were added to the background I then painted the entire area with Black Soot Distress Paint and dried with a heat tool. I also included wire wrapped around the hearts secured in place with a Tiny Attacher along with small pieces of chicken wire from my garden.
I also included two soldered hearts one housed inside the matchbox aperture and the second matted onto a further piece of chicken wire. I also included two Arrows Adornments for added interest and a Big Chat Sticker from Tim's new Idea-ology range.
On the bottom three hearts I added Vintage Photo Distress Powder for added texture which you can see clearly in these pictures. The cheesecloth is fantastic in the background, I will definitely be doing that again.
I added 48 to my design using Numeric Alpha Parts and from this picture you can see how much texture and dimension the corrugated background adds to my design.
Once all the elements were added to my design and painted with Black Soot Distress Paint I then added layers of colour using Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Paints, drying between each layer. I also added touches of Sapphire Wax to add a touch of colour.
My second piece is a card, also created for my husbands birthday. I began with a piece of kraft card cut 4.5" in width and 6.5" in length and then spritzed the background with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.  I also added a few delicate splatters of Picket Fence Distress Paint. To add a further layer of interest I applied Texture Paste over the Cargo Layering Stencil to add numbers to the top and bottom corners.
I die cut three hearts from mountboard and added numbers to the background of each heart using Texture Paste and the Cargo Layering Stencil. Each of the hearts were then coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint, with touches of Tarnished Brass and I then added Black Soot Distress Paint to the numbers with my finger. I also included a piece of rusty wire wrapped around one of the hearts, secured into place with a tiny attacher and I also included pieces of rusty wire on the bottom of my card.
I die cut a piece of Washer Border from white card using the Washer Border die and then rusted it using Tim's products. To achieve the rust appearance I followed the following few steps:-

  1. Colour the white die cut piece with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint and dry with a heat tool.
  2. Apply VersaMark Ink to the die cut piece and then sprinkle the piece with Vintage Photo Distress Powder and heat to melt.
  3. Once cool apply more VersaMark Ink, randomly around the die cut and then sprinkle once again with Distress Powder, this will add different thicknesses of powder over the die cut and then heat with a heat tool to melt.
  4. Once cool spritz with touches of Black Soot Distress Spray Stain and dry. Looks just like rust!
I also included a Elementary Flash Card tucked behind one of my hearts, which I spritzed with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and a huge THANK YOU to Brenda and the team for inviting me along.

Tracy Evans x x x

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 22

Today I wanted to create something just for fun and decided to break open a few new products and some trusty old ones too. It's also been a while since I participated in a challenge so today I am indulging myself and playing just for me and joining in with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 22, and the challenge this time around is to use Tim's Dimensional Cutting Pad, page 62 of Volume lll. The Curiosity Crew have created fabulous pieces to inspire you along your journey too.The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring this weeks challenge and there is also a fantastic prize courtesy of Tim and Mario too. I would also like to enter this piece into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is anything goes.Simon Says Stamp are offering a fabulous prize as always, thank you.
I decided to create an ATB using Eileen Hull's Cube/Block die, combined with Tim Holtz products and Wendy Vecchi's Archival Embossing Powders, I am in love with these! I began by adding Cracked Pistachio and Gathered Twigs Distress Paint to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water and then mopping up the paint with my card and then drying with a heat tool.
My next layer was to add Embossing Paste over the new Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil and whilst the Embossing Paste was wet I sprinkled Tree Branch embossing powder over the top and then allowed it to dry completely. Once completely dry I then heated the embossing powder to melt, I love the raised textural feel this gives to my design, and I love adding layers. I then used Tim's technique with the movers and shapers heart die and added tissue tape behind to give an extra touch of detail. I also included some rusty wire to add a further layer of interest along with a salvaged doll, coloured with paints.
I added smaller hearts die cut from mountboard using Tim's new Heartfelt die, coloured each heart with Potting Soil Archival Ink and then sprinkled with Tree Branch embossing powder, removing some of the powder in places to add to the aged feel and I then melted the powder.
As I was looking through my cupboards I found this dome which was given to me by my dear blogging friend Candy some time ago and this seemed the perfect project for it! Thanks Candy. I added a touch of clear Tar Gel to the dome (a new addiction, thanks Lesley), which you can just make out here, the clear runs down the dome, love these and they add a touch more texture to the design.  I also added Remnant Rubs Words to the dome along with some rusty wire. I added a mini butterfly to the inside of the dome, die cut using the mini butterfly movers and shapers die, coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink and sprinked with Tree Branch embossing powder. I also included a second salvaged doll.
On the two other sides I did not add any embossing just kept the paint effect for the background which I love, and I am loving the new Cracked Pistachio colour combined with Gathered Twigs. I die cut the letters for FLY using Tim Holtz Word Play die and again added Tree Branch embossing powder. I also included a heart die cut using the Heartfelt die along with an Arrow embellishment, and a touch of Remnant Rubs.
On the opposite side I have again added hearts coloured with Archival Ink and sprinkled with Tree Branch Embossing Powder and a heart charm for added interest. I have also echoed the heart shape with a piece of rusty wire, which I love, a new addiction of mine. A further arrow has been included wrapped with wire to coordinate with my design. I have to say I am quite pleased with how this one turned out and it was great to create just for fun!
A little close up shot so you can see the fantastic texture and dimension in my design using Tim's technique combined with Embossing Paste and powder.
We are coming to the end of our challenge at Art With Heart but this fits perfectly and I thought it was the perfect way to end the challenge and there are still a couple of days left to enter!

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoy this project as much as I did creating it. x x x

Stampendous / Eileen Hull ATB Blog Hop

We have a fabulous blog hop for you this week combining two great product ranges,Stampendous and Eileen Hull Dies.

There are fabulous prizes on offer too; three random winners will be chosen from all the blogs participating in the hop and from the randomly drawn winners there will also be one winner of a GRAND PRIZE. Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes!The comment deadline for the hop is Sunday March 8th 2015.
I decided to decorate two ATB's (Artist Trading Blocks) using Eileen Hull's fabulous Block Cube Die and  Blocks/Cubes Die (which has the smaller ATB), combined with images from Stampendous; Camera Elements, Vintage Press and Typewriter Alphabet stamp sets.
I also used another new product, to me anyway, AquaTint Inks, which I used to colour my background and then stamped the vintage camera image using Black Archival Ink. I also included a monocle and vintage pen nib adding rub on's to the top of the monocle for added interest.
I die cut letters from mountboard and then coloured with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink and then added the coordinated embossing powder, removing some of the powder from the edges to give an aged feel. I also included a vintage knob to open the smaller ATB to house a small gift, jewellery or chocolate perhaps.
I added stamping from the Vintage Press stamp set to this side of my ATB, I love the mix of vintage images. Again the background has been coloured with AquaTint inks.
Further stamping has been added to the smaller block using the Vintage Press stamps.
I have stamped the Typewriter Alphabet to the top of my block, keeping all the letters in place and using as a large stamp rather than separating each one.
To complete, I added a telephone embellishment and rubbed over some of the areas of the embellishment with silver wax.

Should you get lost along the way Stampendous will post a “cumulative” link list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th. Then you can check your progress. Simply stop by the Stampendous blog for more details.

The blogs participating today are:

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Artistic Outpost Monthly Blog Hop

It's time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost and the theme this month is BOOKS.

I decided to showcase the fabulous WONDERLAND COLLAGE stamp set on an accordion which I brayered with Broken China Distress Paint, using a light touch to leave some of the white areas exposed.
I stamped the rabbit image onto the background using black Archival Ink and added splattters of Fired Brick Distress Paint to the background along with painted circles using the top of a lid from my desk. I love the pop of red against the pale blue backdrop. I also included a small talk sticker "live, create, tell the story" to the bottom of the page.
I added Alice to the central panel along with a die cut heart which I painted red to coordinate with the red splatters and painty circles.
The clock face from the stamp set has been stamped on the last page of my accordion and for added interest I also included Game Spinners, die cut painted heart and more splatters of paint. I also included a Remnant Rub "a little story" which seemed a perfect fit for this months theme.

My fellow design team members have also created projects to inspire you further along the blog hop:-

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Snow Much Fun

Today I am showcasing the SKATING EMPORIUM stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
The background has been coloured with Distress Inks and I have added embossing paste through a stars layering stencil to add texture and dimension to my design. Once I applied the embossing paste I then added clear embossing powder and allowed to dry, once dry I then melted the powder, lovely technique from Pamellia.
I die cut two baubles from white card and then added stamping to each bauble along with shading using Broken China Distress Ink and then flicking the background with water to add blotches. I also added die cut WINTER to the top and bottom of my design.
This close up picture highlights the wonderful texture from the embossing.
I added two banners behind the focal image and once again added stencilled stars along with the sentiment "Snow much Fun!".

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x