Monday, 8 February 2016

Live Everyday!

Today I have my first post as part of the Design Team for Canvas Corp Brands. We have all been challenged to decorate a 4" square canvas which I loved doing. You can shop for all their products HERE. You can also find the Canvas Corp Blog HERE, full of informative projects, videos and designs.
I began with a piece of the Black on Kraft Alpha paper which I cut to size to fit the canvas.
I then placed the Splatters Layering Stencil over the background paper and applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the stencil.
To add a touch more interest to the background and to age further I added delicate splatters of Woven Burlap Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist .
I added a white frame to the canvas which I sprayed with Butternut Squash,Tattered Leather and Woven Burlap Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. I added one of Tim Holtz Found Relatives behind the frame and also included Remnant Rubs and a jump ring to his eye to act as a monocle.
I added a few metal elemants to my design, painting some of the elements with red to add a pop of colour to the vintage tones. I also added delicate splatters of red paint for further interest.
Machine stitching adds a further layer of interest and I kept the strands of thread for added texture to my design.
Tissue tape has been added randomly to the background along with "live everyday" ChitChat Stickers.
I love adding different layers to my designs and this was fun to create.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Bird on a Branch For Craft Stash

Welcome back to my second post and video for Craft Stash. The step by step video is at the end of my post.
 The dies I used are the Apple Blossom Bird on a Branch and It's Your Birthday Dies.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 5 February 2016

A Vintage Journey - February Challenge - Industrial

Welcome to a new challenge with A Vintage Journey, our theme this month is INDUSTRIAL, for all the details pop by the BLOG.
I took this opportunity to make something for my hubby for Valentine's Day, something a little different from a card; an altered frame. I began by painting the frame with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey, dried with my heat tool and then applyd a coat of Patina Green Antiquing Cream and I then rubbed over the frame gently with a baby wipe to remove some of the cream and reveal the darker colour below and to add to the aged feel. I then added touches of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (Andy Skinner has the Copper Patina Technique HERE in his video).
I then embossed a piece of Metal Foil tape with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade and added the tape to a wooden heart.
I added Black Soot Distress Paint to the heart, applying with my finger.
The excess paint was removed with a piece of kitchen towel.
The black paint gives the heart a fabulous industrial look combined with the Metal Foil Tape.
I then took some time to decide on  my layout, adhering torn book pages from an Alice in Wonderland book to the background. I then added the industrial heart to the frame adhered to a circle of rusty wire. I also included touches of chicken wire from my garden to add further to the industrial feel; adding zing glass beads for added texture and interest.  Delicate splatters of Fired Brick Distress Paint have been added for a pop of colour.
I added a Found Relative to an old circular piece from a watch part and included a jump ring to his eye and Remnant Rub for a further layer of interest.
A touch more Idea-ology with the mini Sprocket Gears along with a "love" ChitChat sticker.
I continued with the layers, adding Film Strip Ribbon and more Remnant Rubs.
I love adding layers to my design and each layer being visible; the delicate splatters of red really pop against the more industrial elements.
To complete my design I added an old pen nib for added dimension.

I would also like to enter this into the Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge which this time around is Grungy Love.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I look forward to seeing your entries into our February challenge.

Tracy x x

Thursday, 4 February 2016


This week I am showcasing the Think and Wonder stamp set from Artistic Outpost available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I had the circular ink blending tools on my desk from a previous project and thought this was a perfect time to use them on my card.
A simple process of using the circular ink blending tool to stamp various colours onto the background and then adding white circles using a white pigment ink pad and a sponge dauber. I highlighted the focal image with a black circle of paint which I applied with a lid from one of my products.
I also added delicate splatters of paint along with scratchy black paint lines using an old credit card.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy xx

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


Welcome to my monthly piece for Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge. This month we are doing something a little different; all the designers have been challenged to create a simple project that is simple to create and not too time consuming.
I already had the Passport Book die cut from kraft card on my desk so this was my starting point. The next step was to add simple decoration and technique. I began by tearing masking tape randomly and then adhering to the front cover. I then used a blow torch (one you would use for cooking) and hovered over the masking tape to burn (a technique from Andy Skinner); it works perfectly and is so simple and adds a lovely aged feel to the project. I then added a Prima Relic piece from Sandra Evertson which I coloured with a touch of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic; dabbing off the excess paint with a piece of kitchen towel. I added a circle of rusty wire behind the Relic piece and then added delicate splatters of Gathered Twigs Distress Spray stain along with scratchy lines using an old credit card and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic. I also added a couple of pieces of masking tape to the Relic piece, again burning with a blow torch. "dreamer of dreams" has been added to the face using Remnant Rubs. A touch of simple stamping completes the front cover.
The inside pages have been decorated very simply. A couple of strips of burnt masking tape, a few delicate splatters of Distress Spray Stain and some simple sentiment stamping.
Continuing with the simplicity throughout the book.
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink has been applied to all the edges to add to the aged worn feel of the book.
Continuing the theme to the back cover.
A couple of close up shots to show the detail!
The rustic tones, monochromatic colours, splatters and torn burnt paper all add to the rustic aged feel.
A simple dream kraft Chitchat sticker has been included for added interest.
To join in our challenge simply pop along to the blog HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Bird On A Branch for Craft Stash

Welcome to my first post as a Designer for Craft Stash, I was thrilled when Louise and Natalie invited me along, thank you. Each month I will be posting a video a couple of times each month with some card ideas along with a few techniques.
This is my first sample using the Apple Blossom Bird on a Branch Die and the Apple Blossom It's My Birthday Die.
A few close up shots.
The step by steps for this card are shown in the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday, 1 February 2016

New Release PaperArtsy - Kim Dellow

Well I am absolutely thrilled to be here with you today showcasing two new releases from PaperArtsy designed by Kim Dellow.
This is the first piece I created for Kim brayering the background with Hey Pesto, Chartreuse, Cheesecake and a touch of South Pacific Fresco Finish Paints.
This is the first of Kim's releases and I have to say I was really taken with the small birds at the bottom and they are the focal point for this first piece.
I applied South Pacific Fresco Finish Paint first to my white card, brayering lightly over the background and then I applied Hey Pesto, Chartreuse and then touches of Cheescake, each time applying only a light pressure to apply the paint with a brayer so that all the layers of paint are visible.
I coloured the birds with coloured pencils and added touches of white with a white Sharpie pen.
I added touches of Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint using an old credit card to add scratchy lines to the background. I am loving these colours combined together.
This next card uses both of the releases from Kim.
This is the second of Kim's releases, I love the quirky flowers and those hedgehogs are adorable!
I applied book pages from an Alice In Wonderland book to a piece of white card and then placed die cut circles to the background, holding in place with low tack tape. I then brayered over the background with Fresco Finish Paints, South Pacific, Hey Pesto, Chartreuse and Cheescake, applying in that order.
I stamped imagery from both of the new sets, stamping with Black Archival Ink and then colouring each one with coloured pencils. I highlighted the circles with a black charcoal pencil.
I also aded delicate splatters of Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint to the background and stamped the word GROW using a part of the sentiment in the second set of stamps.
My third piece is a canvas. To begin I added some crumpled tissue paper, recycled from my package from PaperArtsy. I then applied Fresco Finish Paints to the canvas with my fingers, blending here and there with a baby wipe.
I added stamping around the edge of my canvas.
I used Kim's background stamp to add further layers of interest to the canvas and outlined the flowers with a charcoal pencil.
Splatters of paint have also been added along with scratchy lines using an old credit card.
I stamped part of the sentiment onto card coloured with Fresco Finish Paint and then cut out each one and added to the canvas for added interest and dimension.
My next card features the fabulous branches and those quirky birds once again showcased in a painty circle stamped with a lid and Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint.
For added texture I included machine stitching to the stems of the branch and some random stitching to the card.
I coloured the quirky birds once again with coloured pencils and grounded them with a touch of shading with a grey pencil.
I had an old piece of sequin waste on my desk and used that to add a touch of delicate stencilling in the background using Cheesecake Fresco Finish Paint, applied with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
For my final piece I created a tag accordion again brayering the background with Fresco Finish Paints.
What I love about this imagery is that it can stand alone or be mixed with other imagery. The background stamps will be really good fillers for backgrounds too.
I added shading to the quirky flowers with coloured pencils and added a touch of background stamping with Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint.
Thanks so much Kim and Leandra for the opportunity to use your fabulous imager, I  had great fun!

There is also a fabulous video below.

Tracy xxx