Sunday, 14 September 2014

Wise Owls

I have just joined Kate Crane's Journal 2 Soup on line class and its fabulous, I am really enjoying just playing for fun and working outside my comfort zone.
I am loving the use of colour on the first pieces I created using Distress Paints.
I added painted circles dipping lids from my containers into Distress Paint and adding to the background, I love the black against the pop of colour.
I used Tim Holtz ShadowPress to add 'GOOD TIMES' to the background as I thought this card would be perfect for my daughter's birthday, along with small painted circles added with the end of my paintbrush for added texture and interest.
The background to this one has been created with Dylusions Sprays, I am loving the vibrancy and the whimsical feel to this.
I love adding layers to my pieces and I love how you can see each colour layer by layer, really appeals to me. I added 'HOOT' using Tim Holtz Label Letters and a few paint splats using black paint.
I found some small alphabet letters in my collection and used those to add 'wisdom' to my design.
I can really recommend Kate's on-line courses, they are great fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 10 - Assemblage Clock

I could not sleep last night so decided to join in with the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, getting in just under the wire! The Curiosity Crew are showcasing some fabulous altered Assemblage Clocks and there is a fantastic $25 prize on offer from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and if you would like a copy of the book you can find that HERE.

I decided to create an altered Halloween piece using the Assemblage Clock adding it to a platform of wood that I found lying around in my hubby's collection. I painted both the clock and wooden base with Gesso, added some embossing paste around the outside of the clock along with the word 'SPOOKY' applying paste through the Halloween Layering Stencil. I then painted all the pieces black and dry brushed with orange paint to give a rust effect.
I used the Halloween Layering Stencil to add "BOO, WICKED and HALLOWEEN to the back of the clock colouring the background piece with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I then stamped the cats from Tim Holtz Halftone Halloween set in Black Archival Ink and added Remnant Rubs for added interest. A skeleton sits proudly inside the clock along with several mini pumpkins.
I added the large Pumpkin to the base die cutting several layers using the Pumpkin Parts die, adhering the layers of the pumpkin together so that it would stand, colouring with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon, applying Walnut Stain to the edges of the pumpkin and adding a few speckles using Walnut Stain Distress Marker and the Tim Holtz Spritzer. I added more spooky text to the base once again using the Layering Stencil and dry brushing over the texture with orange paint. I also added more mini pumpkins, a broom and a mini skull to the base.

I was inspired by Shelly Hickox to use the Found Relative and I gave her a spider balloon along with a mini spider belt buckle die cut from shrink plastic using the Mini Spider Movers and Shapers die and I also added a mini spider to the top fo the pumpkin too. I cut a hat from black card and added Remnant Rubs to her hat.

This picture shows the side of the clock and the texture I added using Embossing Paste and then dry burshing with paint to highlight the texture and design.

Not forgetting the back of the clock, I also added "FRIGHTFUL" and again painted with black paint and then dry brushed with orage to highlight the texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a fabulous creative weekend. Tracy x x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

One Of A Kind

This week I am using the fabulous COLLAGE SYMPHONIE along with the SEAHORSE stamp plates from Katzelkraft.
The background has been coloured with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then flicked with water to add blotches to the background. I then added background stamping using the Collage Symphonie image using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
The central piece is 4" x 6" and I have decorated the background with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, applying both to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink with the card. The Collage Symphonie image has been stamped with Aquamarine Archival Ink and I have added a few splatz of ink using a Distress Marker and Tim Holtz Spritzer tool.
I added a circular spotlight to the background stamping the Collage Symphonie image a second time onto a circular piece using Potting Soil Archival Ink and Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I also added touches of Vintage Photo Ink to the shells in the background. I added "one of a kind" using Chitchat stickers again coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I stamped the Seahorse image with Potting Soil and Aquamarine Archival Inks and then cut out each image and added to the bottom of the card to add a touch of dimension along with a Seahorse embellishment for added interest.
A couple of shells add further interest along with a burlap material for added texture. Tim Holtz "One of a kind" sentiment has been added to the bottom and the completed design has been added to a matt coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Joyeux Noel

This week I am showcasing the Snowy Woods plate from Artistic Outpost.
I created the background by applying Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up the ink with my card and then dried with a heat tool. I then embossed the background with an embossing folder, applied Vintage Photo Distress ink over some of the raised areas, lightly brushing the inkpad over the raised areas. I also added touches of White Fire Wax to some of the areas to add a further touch of shimmer.
A die cut poinsettia cut from Glassine and spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist has been added to my card for added dimension and interest. I also crumpled the petals for added texture and to age a little too. I also die cut a small tag from white card, coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped with the Joyeux Noel sentiment.
I die cut an ornate frame from white card, coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, adding touches of black soot to the edges for definition adding the wonderful focal image to the centre and spritzing with a touch of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. I also used a water brush to bleach out his beard.
The background is so tactile and I love the touch of shimmer achieved from the wax and mist along with the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain in the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 5 September 2014


My thoughts are definitely turning towards Autumn with this weeks card for Artistic Outpost.

As you can see those autumnal shades are making an appearance this week with a combination of Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Re-inkers in the background a technique from Wendy Vecchi which I absolutely love. A touch of background stamping using the stamp from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set and a few scratchy lines to add a further layer of interest.
I love the sentiment which is from the SERENITY stamp set stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I have stamped the focal image onto coloured card and die cut using the ODBD Elegant Ovals Die and then mounted it onto a larger oval coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added a dimensional flower cut from coloured card using the ODBD Aster Dies adding a coordinated button to the centre for added dimension. I also cut a small tag from white card and added the Serenity text.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Time To Celebrate

We have a new challenge for September with Katzelkraft, this time around the theme is COLOURS OF AUTUMN.
I opted for a masculine card this time around to celebrate my Brother in Law's birthday using the HOLOGE stamp plate. The background piece has been created using Distress Paints, applied to a non-stick craft sheet spritzed with water and then mopping up the paint with my card.
I had a tag on my desk which was my inspiration for this piece, I had used it a couple of weeks ago to mop up some Distress Paints from my craft sheet rather than just waste them. I think it was a combination of Peeled Paint , Rusty Hinge and Broken China . I also cut a smaller tag again coloured with Distress Paints and then added to the top of the stamped image for added dimension.
I added a monocle to the top, adding watch parts just behind the monocle for movement along with a Remnant Rub to the top. I also included label letters to add 'time to celebrate' to my card.
Mini sprockets have been added for further interest along with an arrow embellishment and tiny tab to the side of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Today it is my turn to share my challenge piece for the Art With Heart Challenge using Eileen Hull products. Our challenge this month is "Fall into Place". The lazy days of summer have come to an end, leaves are falling and routines are falling BACK into place. Fall themes, organizing/storage projects, home decor and more will "fall" under this month's theme.
As soon as I think of Autumn my thoughts always turn to HALLOWEEN, I love October when all the shops are full of Halloween treats and all the autumnal colours we are surrounded by in the garden along with the crispness in the air, a wonderful season. I am showcasing Eileen Hull's fabulous Scoreboard XL Block/Cube Die to create my Halloween house along with Eileen Hull's Decorative Frame Die to create my card.
I used the Block/Cube die to create my hauted house and then added die cuts to the outside edges using Tim Holtz Graveyard On The Edge Die. To add further texture I also used a hot glue gun to add blobs and streaks of glue to the outside of the house. I then painted everything black using Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Paint and then dry brushed with Rusty Hinge and touches of Fired Brick Distress Paint.
I painted a plastic skeleton with paints and again dry brushed areas to highlight the detail. I also included a dimensional pumkin using Tim Holtz mini Acorn and Pumpkin dies. I die cut 6 pumpkins and then adhered them together and then coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, adding a good coat of Crackle Clear Rock Candy to the top. Once dry I highlighted the crackle with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.I also added an Apothecary Remnant Rub for added interest to the pumpkin.
If you look closely you will also see that I have added the Graveyard on the edge die pieces to the inside of my Halloween house and again dry brushed with paints to highlight the detail.
I used the mini Cat and Raven die to add the Raven to the top of my house along with a spider die cut using the Candlelight Fright die, again both pieces have been painted with black and dry brushed with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint. I have also added some black mesh type material for added texture adding more hot glue gun melted pieces for added texture.
Die cuts added arount all the edges of my house again with lots more hot glue gun melted pieces too.
Now onto the card. The background has been created using Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Archival Re-inkers and Rubbing Alcohol a technique shared by Wendy Vecchi. I then took Tim Holtz Gothic Layering Stencil and then applied VersaMark ink through the stencil and then applied clear embossing powder over the top.Next I added Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the top of the embossing and then polished the piece with a dry piece of kitchen towel. I love this effect.
I die cut the Eileen Hull Decorative Frame from mountboard and then coloured with Wild Honey Distress Ink and applied Clear Rock Candy Crackle to the top, once dry I highlighted the cracks with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then stamped the central circular panel with the cat image from Tim Holtz Halftone Halloween stamp set. I then created a HALLOWEEN banner using the Halloween Layering Stencil, colouring the background with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then applying Potting Soil Archival Ink through the stencil and then sprinkling with clear embossing powder.
Remnant Rubs add a further layer of interest to my design and I love the texture the crackle adds along with the detailed embossed background.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate all your comments. I cannot wait to see what you create for this months challenge, maybe like me you will start on those Halloween makes. Wherever inspiration takes you, ENJOY! Tracy x x