Saturday, 14 October 2017

Be Original

Well Trace here today , with another distress oxide and paperdoll creation...full of inky yumminess! So here is the card and all the details follow below:

If you are not able to get the paperdolls , you could still create something similar using a found relatives image cut out or a stamped image in its place...but they are gorgeous things to play with!

I have used many collage items, some dyed seam binding, idea-ology and some of the new Tim Holtz tape...

To create the background I applied broken china, cracked pistachio and vintage photo distress oxide inks onto the craft sheet, I spritzed plenty of water and swiped the card through the inky droplets... heat dry and then re dip and continue to dip and dry until you are happy.

I then applied some distress oxide ink ( vintage photo ) through one of my favourite stencils lattice stencil 019 - in the corners of the card front.

I edged the card in vintage photo distress ink using a mini blending tool.

To create the layered collage piece I placed some of the new snippets together and glued them into place ...having scuffed and inked the edges.

to complete the overall look, I applied some broken china distress oxide ink onto a craft sheet, spritzed with water and then dabbed in the collage pieces to pick up some of the gorgeous blue ink.

below shows the details of the finished card and shows where the collaged pieces have picked up the blue ink..

doing this with the oxide inks helps to tie all those pieces together.. and the oxides have such a gorgeous finish ..

To complete the piece I added some flowers cut using the new thinlits dies - small tattered florals from Tim Holtz, and I cut these from a piece of card coloured using distress oxides ink..

I added some of the gorgeous film strip from idea-ology , adhering using mini attacher staples..I added a paper doll, sanded lightly and inked around the edges with vintage photo distress ink..I also added some rub ons to add more layers of detail

I added more of these tiny flowers and a quote chip- these are fab as they create such great dimension

To the side of the card I added some dyed seam binding, dyed using broken china distress ink..

To give the paper doll dimension I added some foam tape behind the girl and added here on using this 

So there you have my inky and idea-ology filled card...

hope you like it!
trace x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Create art every day

I wanted to decorate the cover of my small Creative Flip Journal and thought I'd share what I did!
I started by masking off the red binder with some washi tape and painting it three layers of Black Marble paint
I then added Snowflake (white) paint with an old gift card
Next came Calypso Teal paint
Now for the fun part! Add more white paint through a stencil with Cut-N-Dry foam - this is so the next colours zing! Then add Banana paint over the centre of the flowers
Reposition the stencil and add Bougainvillea to the tips - how cool is this?!
Add some dots from the stencil on to the flowers (clever how they fit together!) with black paint
To complete the background I dried the flowers and the sanded it down so it looked more shabby. I added some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges
A tag and some flowers from JOFY for PaperArtsy completed the cover.
Thank you, as always, for popping by

Sunday, 8 October 2017

PaperArtsy Christmas ornaments

Hello Everybody,
it's Monika here after a long-long break :-)

So let me show you my vintage Christmas card that was made with a PaperArtsy Scrapcosy stamp set: ESC08

Here is my tutorial.

1. I stamped on thick watercolour paper with Antique Linen Distress ink and sprinkled it with Gold Tinsel embossing powder.

2. After melting the embossing powder I cut out the images.

3. I cut out a square from Kraft-Core paper and distress the edges with a sandpaper (you can make it with Tim's sanding grip as well).

4. I chose a Christmas embossing folder and since my card was bigger than the folder I embossed first the bigger part, then the rest. (My embossing folder was: Holly Swirls by Sizzix)

5. I sanded the embossed surface and with a knife, I distressed the edges and inked with Gathered Twigs.

6. With Ranger Distress inks (Barn Door, Scattered Straw) I coloured the ornaments.

7. I stamped with the tinsel stamp on the card and again I applied Gold Tinsel embossing powder (I wanted to hang my ornaments on the tinsel).

8. I put gold twine through the hole of the ornament and put double-sided glue tape on the back.

9. I adhered my ornaments on the card and I fixed the twines with double-sided glue tape 1/8".

10. I smeared Micro Glaze onto the inked surface of the ornaments for protection and for a little shine.

11. With the same stamping method I prepared the text, but here I used Gold embossing powder. I coloured it with Scattered Straw ink.

12. I cut out my card base from kraft paper and I put my card together.

13. I placed two golden yellow rhinestones to the corners.

I hope you like it! Happy crafting!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Guest Designer Project - Rosemary Tate

Today we have a project from Rosemary Tate who has made this gorgeous card for her granddaughter using PaperArtsy Zinski Stamps & Distress Oxides
I dabbed the Distress Oxides onto a craft mat and spritzed with water, then picked up the colours onto white cardstock, especially around the edges.
When dry, I added more Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Oxides, particularly around the edges with a Smoothie, using circular and sweeping movements.
I stamped the image with Black Versafine and highlighted some areas with Distress Markers and Sparkle pens or Stickles.
I die cut the numbers and assembled the card onto black backing card.
 Main supplies:
Distress Oxides: Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Iced Spruce.
Distress Markers: Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber.
Paper Artsy Stamps:  ZA06, ZA12, ZN02, ZN 08
 Versafine Onyx Black
Wow Thank You Rosemary for sharing with us, we are sure your granddaughter loved it

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Fright Night

For my second Halloween themed project this month I made a mdf plaque to add to my growing set of decorations for the big day.
I do need to confess that I forgot to take lots of photos (sometimes we get caught up in making the piece!) I started by covering the plaque with Tango paint then added Black Soot Distress Ink through a stencil.
Isn't it effective?!
I added some tissue tape, paper dolls and extra stamping courtesy of this fab Emma Godfrey set. To give the paper dolls a little more of an aged finish I sanded them and added Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.
Thank you, as always, for popping by!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Country View Crafts Workshops

We are pleased to announce the calendar of workshops for 2017. These will all take place at Country View Crafts, Bedfordshire, within easy access of the A1 and by train.

Workshop Saturday 7th October 2017 - 8x8 Foxglove Flower Canvas Board with Kay Carley
Thursday 16th November 2017 - A Mixed Media Shadowbox 'Discover' with Brenda Brown
Thursday 30th November 2017  - Lantern with Clare Charvill
Saturday 18th November 2017 - Steampunk Clock with Andy Skinner
Saturday 9th December 2017 - Box Of Secrets with Andy Skinner
Details and Bookings of the workshops can be found on the website

Thursday, 14 September 2017


With the start of September and more Autumnal weather, my thoughts have turned towards Halloween and using the Halloween themed stash I have. I try not to limit Halloween or Christmas goodies to just those holidays because it seems a waste to leave them sitting on the shelf for a year but inevitably we do. So, time for me to dust them off and ink them up!
I started by spraying a page in my Small Creative Flip Journal with Pure Sunshine ink. I love this colour!
I then added a border for the bat  and spider to hang from. The spider's body was coloured with Squeezed Orange ink decanted into a water brush. By stamping the bat on the page you retain all of the little details that would be really difficult to cut out. I also stamped him (and the chap from the stamps set) on card to colour and cut out.
I then added some Speckles using Black Soot Distress Ink.
I stamped out some accessories and die cut them. I should have coloured them before cutting them out (which is what I usually do) as the broomstick in particular felt very delicate! Always learning!
The sentiment was stamped with alphabet stamps (I LOVE these!) and some additional word stamps by Emma Godfrey. The washi tape is from the Aristocrat set. Some white circles (made with an old lid) and gold painty lines finished the page off.
Hope you feel like dusting off your seasonal stamps too!