Monday, 22 December 2014

A Rustic Christmas

Morning and welcome to my blog, hope you enjoy your visit and a huge warm festive welcome to my regular followers.
Today's card measures 5" x 7" and the background of my card has been coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink with delicate touches of stencilled stars using the same Distress Ink to give a tone and tone effect. The focal point of the image is a die cut bauble which I have then stamped with the reindeer from the MidWinter stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
The background of the central panel has been decorated using Tim Holz Christmas Layering stencil applying embossing paste over the stencil which has been coloured with a touch of Potting Soil reinker to coordinate with my design.
Tucked behind the bauble is a die cut snowflake, die cut from white card using Tim Holtz die, colouring with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then spritzing with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist and adding a metallic touch with White Fire Treasure Gold Wax. I also included a Merry Christmas sentiment to the top of the bauble.
I have also added touches of the White Fire Wax to the background of the card to add a touch of sparkle.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x



Thursday, 18 December 2014

Frosty Christmas for Katzelkraft

Morning everyone and welcome. Today I have my weekly post for Katzelkraft using the fabulous Geometric Ornament.
I have opted for some frosty blues and whites today beginning with the background I applied Broken China Distress Ink over the Stars Layering stencil and added shading to the edges. I then added a second layer with subtle background stamping using Tim Holtz text background stamp from the Classics 9 stamp set.
I then took a further piece of white card, mixed Salty Ocean reinker to Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste and applied over the Stars Layering Stencil, I love the texture this gives to the background. Shading has also been added to the edges of the card with Broken China Distress Ink.
I inked the Geometric Ornament with Forget-Me-Not and touches of Potting Soil Archival Inks and stamped onto white card, I repeated this for a second stamping and then cut both baubles out and added to the background of the card. Natural twine has been added to the top of each bauble along with pewter charms coloured with Alcohol Inks.
I applied Broken China ink over the CHRISTMAS wording on the Christmas Layering stencil, cut out the wording and then added to the bottom of the card.
 I love the subtle crackle on the background stars, this adds a wonderful tactile feel to the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Morning everyone, thanks so much for visiting my blog. Hope you are enjoying the festive month of December. Today I have another one of my rustic festive makes using the MidWinter stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
The background piece to my card measures 6" x 6", I die cut a bauble from white card and used the aperture as a stencil; sponging Gathered Twigs Distress Ink lightly over the stencil to add two babules to the background of my card. I then flicked the background of the baubles with water to add a touch more interest to the background.
Keeping the stencil in place I then stamped the reindeer onto each of the baubles, stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added stencilled stars to the background of each of the baubles. I then took Tim Holtz Christmas Layering Stencil and applied embossing paste over the CHRISTMAS and WISH wording. I coloured the embossing paste with a touch of Potting Soil reinker to cordinate with my colour scheme.
I also carried the stencilled stars onto the background of the white card and added shading to the edges of my card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. To complete I added a Merry Christmas sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Tracy x x



Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas Canister Bird House

Morning all, hope you are all enjoying the festive month of December. I took some time out to use one of my newly acquired dies from Eileen Hull, the Canister Die.
I am also joining in with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge which this time around is Woodlands and Tinsel Twine and all the techniques are available in Tim Holtz book. There is also a fabulous prize on offer of $50 from Inspiration Emporium and their are fabulous projects to inspire you from the Curiosity Crew.
I die cut Eileen Hull's Canister from mountboard and used Tim Holtz Sized Circles to cut an aperture in the centre. I then used Wendy Vecchi's brick wall stencil and applied Crackled Texture Paste over the stencil and then set aside to dry. Once completely dry I sprayed the canister with Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain along with light touches of the Tarnished Brass Spray Stain.
This picture gives a little more details of the fabulous crackle. I love texture in my pieces. I placed the birdhouse onto a base covered with Snow-Tex adding tinsel twine around the outside edges.
I die cut four mini reindeers from mountboard and adhered them together and then spritzed with the Spray Stain, adding touches of Snow-Tex to the top of his body and head and also adding tinsel twine around his neck. I also included a mini sledge. I love the small touches of red in my design.
I added a metal trim around my birdhouse given to me by my blogging friend Suzz, I knew I would find a use for it one day! I also added 5 woodland trees to my design along with faux Christmas lights around the edge of the birdhouse.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. Tracy x x x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Hope you are all enjoying the build up to the festivities. I am definitely enjoying December this year. Today I have a Christmas card for you using the Geometric Ornament from Katzelkraft.
I began by adding stencilling to a piece of white card using Tim Holtz Christmas Layering Stencil and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, applying the same ink to the edges for definition. I then added a second layer to my card stencilled with the Holiday Knit stencil and Fired Brick Distress Ink.
I then inked the Geometric Ornament with Vermillion and touches of Potting Soil Archival Ink and stamped onto the bottom corner of the card. I love how the stencilled lettering is still visible behind the ornament.
I die cut a star from white card, coloured with Fired Brick Distress Ink, added a Chitchat sticker to the top and added to the top corner of my card. I also die cut a mini tag from white card, stamped Winter and 25 onto the tag and fastened to my twine bow and included a Christmas button to the centre for added interest. I then added the design to a white card adding stencilled stars to the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


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Monday, 8 December 2014

Traditional Christmas

Wow I can't believe we are on the second week of December. I am really enjoying this month as I adore the build up to Christmas Eve. Today I would like to share a further Christmas card with you using the MidWinter stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
I love using the colour red in my Christmas cards, it adds a real traditional feel to the design. The background has been stamped with Vermillion Archival Ink using Tim Holtz Wallpaper background stamp.
I die cut a bauble from white card using a Spellbinders die, kept the die in place and then stamped the reindeer into place using Potting Soil and Vermillion Archival Inks. I also added a touch of shading to the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. For added interest I also included some delicate stencilled stars to the background of the bauble. I also included Christmas tickets from Tim Holtz Odds and Ends stamp set, again stamping with Vermillion Archival Ink.
I added vintage seam binding along with coordinated twine and added an enameled tag with a Christmas remnant rub added. Festive Foliage, coloured with Gold Alcohol Mixative adds a touch more interest to the bow detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Rustic ATB for Katzelkraft

It's time for a new challenge with Katzelkraft and this time around the theme is CHRISTMAS.
I decided to create an ATB using Eileen Hull's fabulous Block/Cube die which I have decorated using Katzelkraft's Geometric Ornament stamp.
The ATB itself is cut from mountboard and I have then added kraft card to each side. Two of the sides I have stamped with the Geometric Ornament using Potting Soil Archival Ink and then added white highlights with a white pen. I have also added stencilled stars in the background using Adirondack Snowcap Ink.
The top has been decorated with Tim Holtz Prancing Deer die, adding several layers together so that the deer stands proudly on the top. I have coloured the deer with Distress Inks and added background stamping to its body using the Geometric Bauble stamp and Snowcap Ink. For definition I have also added touches of Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges.
I love how the touches of white make the bauble pop against the kraft backdrop. I have also included Chitchat stickers and die cut a mini tab to add to the top edge stamped with 25 and Winter text.
On the opposite sides I have white embossed the Geometric Bauble and added highlights with a brown pitt pen. I have added stencilled stars to the background using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I die cut a mini tag, added shading to the tag with Distress Ink and added a Chitchat sticker to the top for added interest along with natural twine.
I have added Snow-Tex to the top of the box embedding mini pine cones into the snow along with a min tab. I have also included some stencilled stars to the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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