Thursday, 28 August 2014

Anniversary Card

This weeks DT creation for Katzelkraft uses the LOVE PLATE which I have used to create an anniversary card.
The background has been brayered with Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Paints. I then rubbed over the background with an anti-static back and stamped the hearts with VersaMark Ink and then sprinkled with white embossing powder and melted.
Delicate background stamping has been added using the COLLAGE DRAGONFLY stamp and Dusty Concord ink.
An Idea-ology Word Band has been added, colouring with a touch of Dusty Concord paint along with a Heart Charm.
I also added 'HEART' using label letters.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Joyeux Noel

Time for our monthly BLOG HOP with Artistic Oupost and this time around I am showcasing the SNOWY WOODS plate once again.
I die cut an oval from white card, brayered the card with Broken China and Fired Brick Distress Inks and then embossed the background with an embossing folder, highlighting the texture with wax.
The focal image has been stamped with Black Archival ink onto a brayered background and I have also added Joyeux Noel to the bottom of the oval. A mini tag has been added with repeat stamping of the sentiment.
I die cut a poinsettia from red card, bent to add movement and also added wax to the tips along with twine and died seam binding.
My fellow Design Team members have made some fabulous pieces to inspire you, please pop along and visit their blogs and be inspired along the way.

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    Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

    Saturday, 23 August 2014

    Compendium Of Curiosities 3 Challenge - Challenge 9 - Stamps and Framelits

    I have taken some time out this afternoon to join in with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge which this time around is Stamps and Framelits page 63 in the book. There is a fantastic prize on offer from the fabulous sponsor Inspiration Emporium and there is an array of wonderful projects from the Curiosity Crew.
    I decided to decorate one of Tim Holtz burlap panels this time around, I just felt like something a little different from a card. I find challenges great for a starting point to inspire you on your creative journey. If you are ever stuck re where to start, join in a challenge it always gets my creative thoughts flowing! I began by adding tissue wrap to the background torn randomly and adhered in place. I then applied embossing paste through the Christmas Layering Stencil and then setting aside to dry. Once dry I then painted the background with Broken China Distress Paint and added a few paint splats with white paint.
    I wanted my snowman to stand out against the burlap panel so I cut four layers which adds great dimension to the design and I love how he stands proud on the panel. For the last layer of the snowman I added Tissue Wrap to a piece of white card and then die cut the body, the text adds just a touch more interest to the design.
    I used Tim's trimmings to give my snowman a scarf and added a rusty bell and a touch more dimension to his hat. I also included a large wooden snowflake which I painted with Distress Paint and then added a Christmas Muse Token to the top.
    I added a few Christmastime Remnant Rubs to the background for a further layer of interest. Touches of colour has been added to the snowman using Distress Inks.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Hope you find time to participate in the challenge it is great fun to just take some time out to be creative.
    Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend! Tracy x

    Thursday, 21 August 2014


    This week I am showcasing the lovely heart stamp from the LOVE plate from Katzelkraft.
    The background of my card has been brayered with Peeled Paint Distress Ink along with touches of Dusty Concord, spritzing with water to blend the colours.
    I stamped the heart in the background using Dusty Concord Distress Ink and I love how you can still see the background through the flower detail in the heart. Remnant Rubs add a further layer of interst along with Label Letters to add 'HEART' to add further detail to my design. I stamped the heart onto white card using Distress Ink and then cut out to add further dimension along with a key charm coloured with wax.
    Letters have been added to the bottom of my card, coloured with Distress Paint.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x

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    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


    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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