Thursday 30 April 2015


Time for my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am showcasing the fabulous Winter Walk stamp set which has the image of a child and dog on a walk.
I wanted to go for a real rustic feel to this piece creating a rusty corroded backdrop for the design and having the focal image in the centre of my tactile backdrop.
I coloured a piece of white card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then covered with VersaMark Ink and then applied Distress Emobssing powder to the background and heated to melt the powder. Once cool I then spritzed the melted embossing powder with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, dabbing off any excess ink with a piece of kitchen towel. I also added a letter press 'f' and labe letters to add 'friends' to my card perfect for the focal image of the child and the dog on a walk.
I added a monocle coloured with Alcohol Ink along with a heart charm attached with a jump ring.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day. Tracy x x x

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Seeing Double

I decided to play along with A Vintage Journey challenge today, the theme of "through the looking glass" had me pulling out products I had not used for a while which is always fun.
I began with a piece of Tim Holtz textured surfaces which I matted onto a piece of corrugated card, perfect textural piece for my design. I applied Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste trough Tim Holtz Splotches Layering Stencil to add yet further texture and another layer to my design.
I die cut two mirrors from Speciality Stamping Paper using Tim Holtz Deco Mirror Die and coloured with Archival Re-inkers. I then die cut a second circle from Speciality Stamping Paper and stamped the face image onto each using Tim Holtz Nature Walk stamp set. I die cut a third layer from Clearly For Art and stamped mirror image onto the front using StazOn ink. I also added Remnant Rubs for added interest.
From this picture you can see the crackle a lot clearer. I also included Black Embossing Paste applied through Tim Holtz Dot Fade Layering Stencil.
I also included a flash card which I aged with Distress Inks and added a Remnant Rub, clip and number brad along with a piece of film strip ribbon. I also added a vintage optical lense stamped with the bird from the Nature Walk stamp set.
Thank so much for stopping by, hope you like my interpretation of the challenge.

I would also like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this time around is "Anything Goes".

Tracy x x x

Monday 27 April 2015

When I grow up I want to be me.

A journal page just for fun!
This was just an hour spent playing for the fun of it.
I have not played with my Stampotique images for so long so I thought I would rectify that!
The background is created with Distress Paints Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean with a pop of Fired Brick paint.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Friday 24 April 2015

Prima Mixed Media Selection

This week I thought I would challenge myself to make a couple of mixed media pieces using the fabulous Prima range of products.
This is a picture heavy post so I will keep it to a selection of pictures showing you the detail of each project.
This canvas has been created for a swap I am involved with arranged by my good friend Lesley.
The focal image is from Finnabair's range of stamps released this year.
To add colour to my canvas I used Primary Elements.
I also used recyled elements, netting from fruit, lollipop stick, hairclip, tissue paper to name a few.
I have also recycled an old paintbrush and pieces of ribbon too.
My next canvas also uses recycled elements and lots of Prima embellishments and once again Finnabair's stamps.
Finnabair's Mica Powders have been used to add colour to my design.
I love the textural element to these designs.
Two recycled spoons take centre stage on this design.
I have also used a Prima stencil to add a further layer of interest.
Continuing on the Prima theme I also made this altered book this month using Prima stamps and embellishments along with Eileen Hull's die.

Prima Marketing also have a DT call out at the moment which I only noticed two days ago so I am cutting it fine, but I thought I would give it a try.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday 23 April 2015

Spring Canisters

Last night I was in the mood to just play and decided to have a go at Tim's April tag but with my own twist on things.
I decided to create two spring canisters using Eileen Hull's Canister die and I am really pleased with how they turned out.
These canisters also fit perfectly into Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge which this time around is Spring Break.
For my background I used Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed Distress Inks, applied to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed with water, mopping up the beads of ink with my card to give a watercolour backdrop.
I have not used my Distress Markers for some time and it was great fun to colour, so relaxing to spend a couple of hours colouring and thinking about nothing else!
I added two handles to the top of my canisters and coloured the lids and bases with the same coordinated Distress Inks.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Wednesday 22 April 2015


It's time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost.
Today I am showcasing the fabulous Think and Wonder stamp set, placing the children against an inky background.
I began by applying Drawing Gum to the background and allowing to dry. Once completely dry I applied Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and mopped up the beads of ink.
I also included a touch of stencilling to the background using Salty Ocean Ink to give a further layer of interest.
A pop of red paint has been added here and there along with the sentiment 'Friendship' from the Skating Emporium Stamp Set.

My fellow team members have also created wonderful pieces of art to inspire you further along the blog hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

Thursday 16 April 2015

Vintage for Artistic Outpost

Today I am showcasing the fabulous Hats Background and Hat's Off stamp sets from Artistic Outpost.
I was aiming for a vintage feel with a spotlight for added interest.
The background of the card has been coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and flicked with water and then a touch of stencilling added using the Harlequin Layering Stencil.
I have also added a lens with stamped image and remnant rubs for further interest. The background has been stamped with the Hats background stamp, set against an inked background flicked with water.
A spotlight has been added to the background for added interest and dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Eileen Hull Art With Heart Challenge

Morning everyone, today sees the start of a new challenge with the Eileen Hull Art With Heart Challenge and this month our theme is Spring Break, you can interpret the theme in whatever way you like!

The design team are showcasing the fabulous new CHA 2015 release, VINTAGE TRAVEL this month and I am showcasing the fabulous Passport Book.
Spring marks the start of the gardening season for me and I always love to see the fresh colour palettes and wonderful butterflies that visit the garden and this inspired my piece this month, using Eileen Hull's Passport Book Die, one of my favourites. I began by applying Pebeo Drawing Gum randomly to the background of the front and back covers and allowing to dry, then colouring all the die cut pieces with Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed Distress Paints; applying them to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water. I then rubbed away all the Drawing Gum which then leaves white areas in the background, love this effect. The Drawing Gum resists whatever paint I applied to the covers.
I machine stitched the front and back covers to the spine and added stamping using Prima stamps. I also included a heart cut from the kitchen towel I used to mop up all my ink, again adding stitching for added interest. I also included Prima tape stamped with FLY and a touch more machine stitching.
The centre piece to the butterfly is from Prima, I love the dimension this adds to my piece. I have also added touches of stencilling in the background using Tim Holtz Mesh Layering Stencil.
Each of the pages have been coloured with Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed Distress Paints and once again I have added some random stitching to each page.
I also included a butterfly and pen nib to the inside pages, once again from Prima, added further background stencilling and a few paint splatters using Mustard Seen Paint.
Each page has added stencilling along with pieces of coloured kitchen towel machined into place for added texture. Splatters of Mustard Seed Paint and random stamping add further layers of interest.
This page shows in detail all the layers that I have added to each page.
The back cover has been stamped once again with a Prima image. All the pages were then added to the book tied in place with black twine. I love the bold black against the vibrant colour palette.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday 6 April 2015

Sprint Towards Your Dreams

Today we are continuing with our monthly product focus with Artistic Outpost and this month our theme is Transportation/Aviation. I am focusing on the Charles and Amelia stamp set this month to create a vintage masculine card.

This month, the Artistic Outpost Product Focus is on the stamps found in the Transportation/Aviation stamp category on the Artistic Outpost Website. All stamps in the Transportation/Aviation category are ON SALE for 20% off through until Saturday 11th April 2015.

I began by die cutting my card with the Karen Burniston Oval Accordion Die from kraft card adding splatters of Gathered Twigs Distress Paint to the card and applying Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges for definition.
This is the front of the card which I added a die cut oval to the centre along with the fabulous sentiment from the Charles and Amelia stampset. I coloured the background with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then flicked the background with water, applying Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges for definition. A touch of stamping, remnant rubs and a Chitchat sticker complete the front of my card.
I die cut two further ovals from white card and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, again flicking with water to add bleached out areas to the background and then I stamped the focal images with Black Archival Ink.
I added a monocle to one of the focal images, adding a remnant rub to the glass of the monocle and attaching a mini sprocket with a jump ring.
A touch more background stamping and remnant rubs along with mini sprockets complete my design.

My fellow team member Shari has also created a wonderful project to inspire you further.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x