Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Embrace Imperfection

Morning and welcome to today's post showcasing another one of my make and takes from the Ally Pally Show.
I began by adding layers of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylics to a piece of white card, beginning with Turquoise, Lime and then adding touches of Cheddar and Fuchsia.
I stamped the hearts onto the brayered backdrop and then added further dimension to the hearts.

I used my border stamp for this card which is available to purchase HERE.
I love the layers of paint in the background. I also added some delicate splatters of black paint as a contrast.
I added the sentiment Embrace Imperfection from my set HERE.

I love using hearts in my artwork so this is one of my favourite sets to work with.
I also added some scratchy paint lines using an old credit card for further interest.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Stand Out From The Crown

Hi and welcome, today I have another one of my make and take pieces from Ally Pally.
This time around I used my border stamps which you can find HERE.

I used both of my stamps on this piece.
I began by adding a layer of Dina Wakley's Cheddar Paint across my card, applying with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam, and completely covering the card. Whilst the paint was still wet I then used Kassa's stencil and used a babywipe to remove some of the colour, giving me a resist type look to the background. I then lightly brayered Fuchsia and Turquoise paint for a further two layers.
In this picture you can see all the layers of paint and the stencil used in the background along with the numbers from Fiona's stamp set stamped with Fuchsia paint.
I stamped my circles with Black Archival Ink and then added some white highlights to lift the design.
I also added some delicate splatters of white paint.
I scribbled some stems to my circles to create flowers and added some white highlights down the stems. I also added the sentiment Stand Out From The Crowd which you can find HERE.

I love mixing my stamp sets to add different elements to my designs.
I then stamped a couple more of the circles onto painted card and added some of the circles for added dimension.
I love how all the layers are visible and add so much interest to the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Vintage Butterflies

Hi and welcome, today I have one of my samples for you that I created for my Make and Takes and Ally Pally show which took place at the weekend.
I created quite a few cards for the show and I will show those over the next few days. This one is using more rustic tones. I began by layering a random layer of Texture Paste across the background using a palette knife, which I then dried with a heat tool.

I then created a monoprint using Aida's stencil which you can find HERE. I simply applied Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink to the reverse of my stencil and then spritzed with water and then laid the ink side down onto my Texture Paste Background, dabbed the back of the stencil with a piece of kitchen towel to ensure good contact and then removed the stencil and dried the background with a heat tool.
The focal imagery is my butterfly from my stamp set HERE.  I stamped the butterfly onto vintage music pages and added a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink around the outside edges of each butterfly.
I added some rusty nails for their bodies, which I adore and added them to my background, adding cotton threads behind for added texture.
I love how all the layers are visible and each one adds so much interest to the card.
I added a touch more stamping to the background using my border stamp which you can find HERE. I love this background stamp, so perfect for adding interest to the background of your designs or using as a focal image too.
I then added a few pieces of Design Tape from Tim Holtz to add a touch more interest.

Above are a couple of pictures from the Ally Pally show. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to support AALLandCreate and joined in my make and takes. THANK YOU.

Tracy x x

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April Showers with Eileen Hull Dies

Welcome to my monthly post for Eileen Hull. This month our theme is April Showers - Create a project with a Shower (baby or bridal) or party theme. Favours, invitations, decor pieces etc.
 I really  had to think about this one as I don't really create items for parties or weddings. After much deliberation, I opted for a Wedding Planner using Eileen's fabulous Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book, Passport. This is one of my favourite dies to use, I just adore the size and possibilities. At the time of writing this post, this die is available in the UK from That's Crafty HERE.

I began by die cutting my front and back covers from mountboard. I did not add my wedding paper to the mountboard at this stage as the paper is embossed and the embossing would only be flattened during the die cutting process. Once I had die cut the front and back covers, I then covered each piece with my embossed paper. If I was using an embossing folder, I would add my paper or simply emboss the mountboard, however, I found this paper in Hobbycraft and it seemed perfect for a wedding theme.
I then drew a flower onto the embossed paper with a grey pencil crayon, which would also act as my shading. Once I was happy with my flower, I then painted each petal with Distress Paints Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry.
I then added glue to the centre of my flower and randomly around my petals and then added Creative Expressions Gold Metallic Micro Beads and allowed the glue to dry completely. I also added a Finnabair metal heart embellishment to the centre which I coloured with some wax.
I added a story embellishment to the clip at the top of my Wedding Planner.
I then dry brushed DecoArt Media Metallic Gold paint across the front and back covers and also the binding.
I added some gold beads to the binding, to add a touch more opulence and interest to my Planner.
I added the text Wedding Planner to the front cover and also added decorative papers inside.
The idea behind my Wedding Planner is that the bride would add fabric samples to the pages along with details of all her plans for the wedding, bridesmaids outfits, venues, fabrics, flowers etc etc and this would be a record for her for life.
Eileen kindly sent me some wonderful decorative file folders and I used a couple of those to add decorative pages to the inside.
I also added a couple of gold pages to the inside to add a touch more luxury to the Planner.
You can find other wonderul ideas from my fellow Design Team Members over on Eileen's Blog HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Happy Easter

Hi everyone, just wanted to pop by and wish you all a very Happy Easter.
I decorated a little egg and stand to celebrate Easter. I added a Prima piece which I created from clay using an IOD Prima Mould and I added a clay face to the centre.
I added a few of Finnabair's Art Stones around my focal piece and also included some of Tim Holtz Bouquet Flowers.
I painted the whole piece with Finnabair's Impasto Paint Azure and then added some dry brushing with Cobalt, wiping away any excess of the darker colour with a baby wipe.
I added an Easter sticker from Tim Holtz along with Finnabair metal embellishments, adding a touch of paint with my finger to the embellishments.
I love how the darker Cobalt colour settles in some of the recesses.
I then applied some Prima Metallique Wax, White Gold to highlight all the wonderful detail further.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support in my creative journey - THANK YOU x x x


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light

Hi everyone, I am back today with a card using my stamps from AALLandCreate. The new releases are all available from our list of stockists HERE. Alternatively you can find them direct from the AALLandCreate BOUTIQUE, simply scroll down.
This time around I have created an accordion card using my quirky flower stamps. I created the accordion from white card and then cut panels to fit.
I applied Dina Wakley's Cheddar Acrylic Paint to each panel, applying the paint with a piece of Cut'n' Dry Foam. I dried this layer with my heat tool. I then applied a layer of Fuchsia Acrylic Paint to some scrap card and then lightly pressed the card onto the background to just add highlights of the colour. I then brayered Turquoise paint very lightly over the background on each panel. I love this sentiment on my quirky stamp set.
I stamped my quirky flowers onto each panel and then I coloured scrap pieces of card with Acrylic Paint and then stamped my quirky flower heads onto the card and then cut them out and added to each panel.
A few delicate splatters of white Posca Paint Pen lift the design.
I also added some paint circles to each panel along with some doodles around the outside edges of the panels.
I added some background stamping using my doodle background stamp.
I love how all the layers are visible and add so much texture to the background.
 I love making accordion cards and these quirky flower stamps work beautifully.

This is my stamp set used this time around.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x