Monday 23 April 2018

Follow Your Heart

Hi and welcome, today I have a post showcasing one of my stamp designs from AALLandCreate.
Today I am using my hearts from stamp set 46 which you can find HERE.

I began by adding a layer of Cheddar Acrylic Paint to my white card, applied with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam, I then used Kassa's stencil and a baby wipe and wiped away some of the paint by wiping the baby wipe over the stencil. You can see this layer in the background.

I then brayered a light layer of turquoise and Fuchsia Paint over the top to give further layers of interest.
This picture shows the layers in far more detail.
I then added some background stamping using my border stamp number 34 which you can find HERE.
I stamped the hearts onto the background and then stamped the hearts a second time onto painted backgrounds, cut out each heart and then added some clear embossing powder, adding beads into the melted powder for added texture.
I added some cotton threads behind for a further layer of interest and to give a more tactile feel to my card.
 I love how all the layers are visible and that all the stamps work so beautifully together.

I will have more news for you very shortly, I will be showcasing my next new release with AALLandCreate very soon, so stay tuned.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your support. Tracy x x

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Embrace Imperfection

Morning and welcome to today's post showcasing another one of my make and takes from the Ally Pally Show.
I began by adding layers of Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylics to a piece of white card, beginning with Turquoise, Lime and then adding touches of Cheddar and Fuchsia.
I stamped the hearts onto the brayered backdrop and then added further dimension to the hearts.

I used my border stamp for this card which is available to purchase HERE.
I love the layers of paint in the background. I also added some delicate splatters of black paint as a contrast.
I added the sentiment Embrace Imperfection from my set HERE.

I love using hearts in my artwork so this is one of my favourite sets to work with.
I also added some scratchy paint lines using an old credit card for further interest.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday 12 April 2018

Stand Out From The Crown

Hi and welcome, today I have another one of my make and take pieces from Ally Pally.
This time around I used my border stamps which you can find HERE.

I used both of my stamps on this piece.
I began by adding a layer of Dina Wakley's Cheddar Paint across my card, applying with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam, and completely covering the card. Whilst the paint was still wet I then used Kassa's stencil and used a babywipe to remove some of the colour, giving me a resist type look to the background. I then lightly brayered Fuchsia and Turquoise paint for a further two layers.
In this picture you can see all the layers of paint and the stencil used in the background along with the numbers from Fiona's stamp set stamped with Fuchsia paint.
I stamped my circles with Black Archival Ink and then added some white highlights to lift the design.
I also added some delicate splatters of white paint.
I scribbled some stems to my circles to create flowers and added some white highlights down the stems. I also added the sentiment Stand Out From The Crowd which you can find HERE.

I love mixing my stamp sets to add different elements to my designs.
I then stamped a couple more of the circles onto painted card and added some of the circles for added dimension.
I love how all the layers are visible and add so much interest to the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday 9 April 2018

Vintage Butterflies

Hi and welcome, today I have one of my samples for you that I created for my Make and Takes and Ally Pally show which took place at the weekend.
I created quite a few cards for the show and I will show those over the next few days. This one is using more rustic tones. I began by layering a random layer of Texture Paste across the background using a palette knife, which I then dried with a heat tool.

I then created a monoprint using Aida's stencil which you can find HERE. I simply applied Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink to the reverse of my stencil and then spritzed with water and then laid the ink side down onto my Texture Paste Background, dabbed the back of the stencil with a piece of kitchen towel to ensure good contact and then removed the stencil and dried the background with a heat tool.
The focal imagery is my butterfly from my stamp set HERE.  I stamped the butterfly onto vintage music pages and added a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink around the outside edges of each butterfly.
I added some rusty nails for their bodies, which I adore and added them to my background, adding cotton threads behind for added texture.
I love how all the layers are visible and each one adds so much interest to the card.
I added a touch more stamping to the background using my border stamp which you can find HERE. I love this background stamp, so perfect for adding interest to the background of your designs or using as a focal image too.
I then added a few pieces of Design Tape from Tim Holtz to add a touch more interest.

Above are a couple of pictures from the Ally Pally show. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to support AALLandCreate and joined in my make and takes. THANK YOU.

Tracy x x

Tuesday 3 April 2018

April Showers with Eileen Hull Dies

Welcome to my monthly post for Eileen Hull. This month our theme is April Showers - Create a project with a Shower (baby or bridal) or party theme. Favours, invitations, decor pieces etc.
 I really  had to think about this one as I don't really create items for parties or weddings. After much deliberation, I opted for a Wedding Planner using Eileen's fabulous Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Book, Passport. This is one of my favourite dies to use, I just adore the size and possibilities. At the time of writing this post, this die is available in the UK from That's Crafty HERE.

I began by die cutting my front and back covers from mountboard. I did not add my wedding paper to the mountboard at this stage as the paper is embossed and the embossing would only be flattened during the die cutting process. Once I had die cut the front and back covers, I then covered each piece with my embossed paper. If I was using an embossing folder, I would add my paper or simply emboss the mountboard, however, I found this paper in Hobbycraft and it seemed perfect for a wedding theme.
I then drew a flower onto the embossed paper with a grey pencil crayon, which would also act as my shading. Once I was happy with my flower, I then painted each petal with Distress Paints Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry.
I then added glue to the centre of my flower and randomly around my petals and then added Creative Expressions Gold Metallic Micro Beads and allowed the glue to dry completely. I also added a Finnabair metal heart embellishment to the centre which I coloured with some wax.
I added a story embellishment to the clip at the top of my Wedding Planner.
I then dry brushed DecoArt Media Metallic Gold paint across the front and back covers and also the binding.
I added some gold beads to the binding, to add a touch more opulence and interest to my Planner.
I added the text Wedding Planner to the front cover and also added decorative papers inside.
The idea behind my Wedding Planner is that the bride would add fabric samples to the pages along with details of all her plans for the wedding, bridesmaids outfits, venues, fabrics, flowers etc etc and this would be a record for her for life.
Eileen kindly sent me some wonderful decorative file folders and I used a couple of those to add decorative pages to the inside.
I also added a couple of gold pages to the inside to add a touch more luxury to the Planner.
You can find other wonderul ideas from my fellow Design Team Members over on Eileen's Blog HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x