Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stand Out From The Crowd

Hi everyone, I am back today with a card using my stamps from AALLandCreate. The new releases are all available HERE.
I am trying to show as many styles as possible with my stamps and today I have a more fresh clean and simple style for you.
I began by stamping my flower/mushroom stamps onto the white card using Black Archival Ink. I then stamped the same image onto a piece of scrap paper, cut out the image and then used this as a mask, placing the mask onto the first stamped image and I then added my border stamp over the top, to add layered elements to my design.
I then die cut a circle from white scrap paper and then blended Distress Inks around the circle. This acts as a spotlight for my imagery. I then added some doodles around the outside of my circle.
I also added some delicate splatters of black paint, adding just a few delicate splatters.
I then die cut a smaller circle from white card, stamped the flowers/mushrooms once again onto the die cut circle and then adhered on top of the focal imagery to act as a second spotlight and to also add some dimension to the design. I added the sentiment 'stand out from the crowd' to the top.
To finish my design I added some doodles around the outside edges of my card.

The stamps I have used for this design are shown below:

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday, 12 March 2018


I have been working in my garden this weekend and as I was doing some clearing of debris I noticed a few lovely pink and white cyclamen which made me think that I rarely create anything in pink so today I thought I would take inspiration from my garden.
I began by applying Gesso to my Etcetera tag which I then dried with a heat too. I then painted Tim's Collage Paper with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint, applying the paint to the back of the Tissue. Once the paint was dry I then added the Collage Paper to my tag using Distress Collage Medium. I also applied Worn Lipstick Distress Crayon around the edges of my tag.
As the background was quite detailed from the Collage Paper I added a bold black Baseboard to create my focal imagery around.
I added a Paperdoll surrounded by Spring flowers and I also added a touch of paint to her dress. A touch of colour was also added to some of my flowers using Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, adding a few cotton threads for added texture.
I added a little gem to her dress and also included one of Tim Holtz new Butterfly adornments, adding a touch of paint to the butterfly to coordinate with my background.
I also included a vintage pocket watch part and a computer generated sentiment 'Springtime' to the top of my focal piece.
Scratchy paint lines have also been added to the edges of my tag to add a further layer of interest along with some delicate splatters of Worn Lipstick Distress Paint.
I would also like to enter this piece into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme this time around is Easter/Spring Inspiration. I was definitely inspired by my evolving Spring garden this week. My piece also ties in quite well with their mood board this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Let Your Dreams Blossom

I have a colourful card for you today using my stamps from AALLandCreate.
I am finding it a real joy to create with my own designs and once again I have combined my stamps with some of the fabulous Dina Wakley Paints.
I painted the background of my card with Fuchsia Acrylic Paint, applying a layer with a paintbrush and I then dried with a heat tool. I then applied Cheddar Acrylic Paint to a piece of scrap card and then lightly pressed this card against my background to add highlights of colour randomly onto the card.
I them lightly brayered some Turquoise Paint over the top along with some added delicate splatters. I also added some background stamping using my background border stamp.
I love layering paints this way, it gives a much more loose, random feel to the layers, I am hooked!
I stamped my hearts onto coloured pieces of scrap card, cut out and then added to the background.
This colour palette really appeals to me.

Here is the stamp set I used this time around.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Two Heads Are Better Than One

A mixed media piece for you today.
I began by painting one of Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags with a coat of Gesso and then I applied an uneven coat of Texture Paint followed by a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then dried this layer with a heat tool. I then applied a layer of Vintage Photo Distress Paint, dried lightly and then rubbed away some of the paint with a damp baby wipe. I love the texture from the uneven coat of Texture Paste.
I then added some vintage book pages which I randomly covered with Seth Apter's Baked Vintage Beeswax, to give the impression of an aged piece of paper.
I then added a rusty leaf to the centre of my piece adding two faces to the centre combined with cotton threads for added texture. One face has been created using Seth Apter's Patina Oxide Baked Texture and one face is a clay piece which I have aged with paint.
To add further layers in the background I added some stencilled texture along with some of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape. I printed the "Two Heads Are Better Than One" on my typewriter and again aged with Seth Apter's Vintage Beeswax.
I also included some of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Numeric pieces for added dimension.
I also added coils of rusty tin wire along with a circle of rusty wire to add a further element of interest.
I included a Quote Chip, added to the bottom of my tag and added a few delicate splatters of black paint.
I also added some scratchy lines using an old credit card and black paint. I also applied Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon around the edges of my tag.
I am really pleased with how this one turned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Organising With Eileen Hull Dies

Hi and welcome, today I have a post showcasing Eileen Hull's dies and their endless possibilities for storage ideas.
I have used Eileen's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Card Box, Planner Storage and Organiser Die for today's project. This die is absolutely fantastic for storage and you can adhere more than one together to create storage for your craft items and when made they are incredibly strong. I have use Eileen's House Pocket Thinlits Die to create a coordinating card to go inside, making a perfect gift idea for a fellow crafter.
I die cut the ScoreBoards XL die from mountboard and then applied Dina Wakley's Cheddar Acrylic paint inside and out, applying the paint with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam and I then dried the paint with a heat tool.
I die cut the front section once again and then die cut flowers from the cut out piece using Eileen's Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits Die.
I then lightly brayered Dina Wakley's Turquoise Acrylic Paint over the top of the die cut piece. I love how the paint highlights the embossed areas outside the flowers from my die cutting process.
I then added very light touches of Fuchsia Acrylic Paint.
I added light touches of Turquoise Acrylic Paint to my storage piece and then adhered the tabs together to create my Card Storage Box.
I adhered my die cut top layer to the Storage Box and added flowers into the die cut flower apertures. This die also comes with the label to add to the side of the Storage Box, however, on this occassion I added mine to the front for added decoration. I stamped butterflies onto painted card using my stamps from AALLand Create, which you can find HERE.
I die cut a coordinating card from white card using Eileen's House Pocket Die and again coloured with the same paints. I added stamped images using my stamps from AALLandCreate.

These are my stamps that I used combined with Eileen's dies.
I added two butterflies to the top and machine stitched through the centre of the butterflies. I left the cotton threads to add more texture to my design.
I added a few delicate splatters of White Acrylic Paint to add a further layer of interest.
The House Pocket die cut fits perfectly into my Storage Box.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you pop along to Eileen's Blog you will see more inspiring projects from my fellow DT members.
Tracy x x 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Butterfly Houses

Today I have some butterfly houses using my new release from AALLandCreate. I opted for a pop of colour once again. To view the whole collection and to see a list of our stockists please click HERE.
I die cut Tim Holtz Tiny Houses from mountboard and then painted each house with Cheddar Acrylic Paint by Dina Wakley. I dried this layer of paint and then lightly brayered layers of Fuchsia and Turquoise Paint to add a couple more delicate layers of colour. I love how the Turquoise really pops against the backdrop.
I also added delicate splatters of Turquoise Paint and included a couple of coordinated sequins.
I added LOVE and DREAM using sentiments from my stamp set from AALLandCreate which you can find HERE.
I used my background stamp to add painted circles, applying Dina Wakley White Acrylic Paint directly to the stamp and then stamping randomly around the background.
Stamped circles have been added to all sides of my houses.
I brayered a scrap piece of white card with Turquoise and light touches of Fuchisa Acrylic Paint and then stamped my butterfly onto the coloured card, cut out each butterfly and then adhered to the houses.
This butterfly has a touch more Fuchsia added to the wings.
All sides of the houses have been given the same treatment.
I am really pleased with how these turned out and how versatile the AALLandCreate stamps are and work beautifully together, old and new releases.

These are the two stamps sets used in today's project.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x