Thursday 25 February 2016


I am showcasing the fabulous Paperboy stamp set once again this week from Artistic Outpost (available from Our Daily Bread Designs).
Gesso has been applied randomly to the background of my card along with pieces of torn book pages.
I carried the torn page pieces to the back of the card to add further interest. I also added delicate splatters of Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain to the back and the front of the card.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and added delicate shading with pencil crayons. I also added random machine stitching for further interest.
Further painty circles have been added using a toilet roll and I have added the sentiment EXTRA! EXTRA, also stamped with Archival Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday 23 February 2016

Dream Cottage

This week the Eileen Hull Design Team are joining forces with Stampendous for an "Along the Garden Path Blog Hop. Pop by the Stampendous Blog for all the details.
I combined the Cottage Home Stamps and Die set from Stampendous with Eileen Hull's products. I began by painting my book box with Gesso and then a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and then applying DecoArt Media Paints Green Gold and Burnt Umber; applying the Green Gold first with a paintbrush and then dabbing the Burnt Umber over the top with a natural sponge for a mottled effect.
I cut my Cottage from some bark like material I purchased a while back and I tinted with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, adding the stamped elements with Black Archival Ink and shading with Pitt Pens.
I loved creating my quirky trees; the base of which are book pages and the wire element has been created using Eileen Hull's new Twist and Style tool which you can see Eileen demoing HERE. I adhered the wire to the book pages with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.
I used Tim Holtz Found Relatives to add to my scene, tinting one of their dresses with Distress Markers and adding flowers cut from shrink plastic using Eileen Hull's Buttons, Borders and Trim Die.
To complete I added moss to my design along with an 'imagine' ChitChat sticker.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday 18 February 2016

You Are The Hero In Your Own Story.

Today I am showcasing the fabulous Paperboy stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I went for a vintage feel and tones to this weeks piece and I am really pleased with how this one turned out.
I began by applying a layer of Gesso randomly to the background using a palette knife and then allowing to dry.
Once the Gesso was completely dry I then added some torn text from an old Alice in Wonderland book, adding random machine stitching to the top for added texture.
I then took the lid off my Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain and flicked some of the ink onto the background to add further to the aged feel.
The Paperboy was stamped with Black Archival Ink and then coloured lightly with pencils.  To showcase the focal image further I added a circle of paint using a lid from an old container.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday 11 February 2016


Today I am showcasing the Birds of a Feather stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I began by applying an old book page to a piece of white card using Gel Medium. I then placed three die cut circles onto the text background and then brayered paint over the top using South Pacific and Hey Pesto Fresco Finish Paints and I then removed the die cut circles to reveal the text apertures.
I stamped each of the circles with an image from the Birds of a Feather stamp set using Black Archival Ink and then added a touch of shading with coloured pencils, using only a light touch.
I added the "SOAR" sentiment from the Quote and Quotables stamp set, using only part of the sentiment, stamping with Forget-me-not Archival Ink.
I used a Stabilo All black pencil to add shading and to highlight each of the circles.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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