Friday, 2 December 2016

A Vintage Journey - December Challenge - Winter Magic

We have a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our host for November is the lovely Deb who had this to say about her challenge.

"For us in the northern hemisphere December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas. But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter; snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes? Show us what your magical focus is for the season."

Please remember to be a winner or Pinworthy mention your project must be in a vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steampunk style.
For me the magical focus for the season is family and taking time out to spend quality time relaxing and regrouping and it is also time to have fun and create some festive pieces.  For this months challenge I opted to create a card for a friend and a couple of decorations for the tree.
The glass baubles were decorated with Alcohol Inks, Juniper, Pearl, Patina, Turquoise and Citrus.
I also added Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs to each of the baubles along with a pine cone to each from Tim's Idea-ology range.
The background of the card has been coloured with Distress Inks Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron, applying one colour at a time onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink with the card and drying with a heat tool before applying the next colour.
I used a stencil and applied Hickory Smoke around the edges of the stencil and then stamped the winter scene from Tim's Holiday Drawings stamp set into the centre of the bauble.
A touch of stencilling has been added, applying Distress Inks through Tim's Stars Layering Stencil. I also applied DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Titanium White over the same stencil and added splatters of the same paint.
Our sponsor this month is the wonderful Country View Crafts, pop by A Vintage Journey for more details. I am looking forward to seeing your entries this month and how you are inspired.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Friday, 25 November 2016

Junk Journal

I have finally managed to decorate the front cover of my junk journal created at IndigoBlu at a workshop with Louise Withers.
I opted for a vintage feel to the cover of my journal using a vintage image found on one of my many trips out vintage shopping.
I added a touch of stencilling and added a circle of rusty tin wire around my focal image to act as a spotlight.
The covers are created from recycled cardboard which I have aged with IndigoBlu Hot Cocoa paint.
I added a touch of tissue tape to my design along with a vintage pen nib, rusty heart and button.
I machine stitched some hessian fabric to the binding to add a touch more texture to my design.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tracy xxx


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Eileen Hull Collaborates with DCWV

For the month of November the Eileen Hull Design Team and DCWV are collaborating with a month long blog hop. This is my third piece using the fabulous papers from DCWV.
This week I created a shadow box and coordinated card combining DCWV papers and Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool and Eileen's Banners and Pennants Die.
I began with one of Tim Holtz shadow boxes and a piece of the DCWV paper. I began by painting the shadow box with a coat of Gesso and I then painted the shadow box with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Medium Grey Value 6 paint.
I added a Relic piece onto a bottle cap.
I used Eileen's Twist and Style tool to twist two pieces of wire together and I then shaped it into a body for my angel. I then adhered the wire to a piece of the DCWV paper.
I cut out the body shape from the paper and then checked everything for size.
The star pennants were cut from metal foil tape and added to the body.
The pennants were trimmed to fit the body and I then added DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze to the cross Relic piece.
A wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Raw Umber was added to the Relic pieces.
I created a coordinated card which has also been created using a piece of the DCWV paper.
I stamped the sentiment onto the decorative paper using Black Archival Ink and I then sponged Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over a bauble stencil to add a touch of shading.
I added a few shaded stars using Tim Holtz Stars Layering Stencil for an added touch to the background along with a few delicate splatters of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Titanium White.
I added a wooden tag to the top of my shadow box and stamped the 'Christmas' sentiment using Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp set.
I twisted more wire using Eileen's Twist and Style tool and added circles of wire to the bodice for further details.
Splatters of Titanium White paint were added to the shadow box.
I added a mirrored star to her hand.
A few more mirrored stars and Imagine and Believe embellishments were also added.
I also added twisted wire to the outside edges of the shadow box, once again twisted using Eileen's Twist and Style Tool.
The splatters of white paint and grey and silver touches add to the icy feel of this piece.
My fellow DT members have also made more pieces to inspire you along the hop. Pop along to Eileen's Blog for more details.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Eileen Hull Collaborates with DCWV

For the month of November the Eileen Hull Design Team and DCWV are collaborating with a month long blog hop. This is my third piece using the fabulous papers from DCWV.
I have combined the papers from DCWV from the Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack with Eileen Hull's Cookie Box die and Bird Die.
The base is Eileen's Cookie Box Die covered with papers from DCWV; the gold gives my design a real opulent feel.
I added Eileen's Bird to my cage and applied DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze to the body to add further detail. I covered mountboard with a piece of DCWV paper which has grey dots and then applied the glaze over the top. To highlight the cracks further I added DecoArt Media Medium Grey Antiquing Cream, wiping away any excess with a baby wipe. I then added a coat of Matt Medium over the top to protect and to stop the Antiquing Cream moving any further. I also added touches of DecoArt Metallic Lustre to the body of the bird along with a wing from a metal butterfly earring. I added a mini gold bell for the eye of the bird.
The santa with the little girl is from Tim's Idea-ology Ephemera packs, adding a vintage touch to the design.
I used Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool to twist the wires for my cage element and added some pine cone embellishments from Tim Holtz.
A touch of moss has been added to the base for a little more texture.
A believe embellishment has been included again with added Metallic Lustre along with a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub.
This makes a wonderful alternative to a Christmas card.


Thanks so much for stopping by. To see lots more inspiration from the DT pop along to Eileen's Blog HERE.

Tracy x x

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Eileen Hull Collaborates with DCWV

For the month of November the Eileen Hull Design Team and DCWV are collaborating with a month long blog hop. This is my second piece using the fabulous papers from DCWV.
This time around I have opted for a Christmas Card with a mixed media feel.
I cut a piece of the paper from the Cranberry Christmas Stack to fit my card front and then embossed with Eileen Hull's Waffle Embossing Folder.
I rubbed over the embossed area with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to highlight the wonderful texture.
I then applied DecoArt Media Crackle Paste over a bauble stencil and allowed to dry naturally.
PaperArtsy Sunset Beach Infusions were then applied to the top of the bauble and then spritzed with water to activate. I allowed the ink to sit for a few moments and then dried with my heat tool.
I also applied some Chocolate Box Mega Flakes over the top of the bauble to give a metallic touch to the design.
I die cut two star pennants from white card using Eileen Hull's Banners and Pennants Thinlits Die and then coloured them with more of the Infusions.
I applied DecoArt Metallic Lustre over the raised areas using my finger again to add more metallic touches to the design. I also added delicate splatters of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the background and then dried with my heat tool.
To complete, I added a december 25 Small Talk Sticker and layered the design onto another piece of the Cranberry Christmas Paper Stack.



Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you are enjoing our month long hop. Tracy x