Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Trust Your Heart

Welcome, today I have a post using the Distress Oxide Inkpads.
I created a background using Distress Oxides Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber and Fired Brick, adding many layers of colour until I was happy with the depth.
I used the Eye Chart Stencil to add detailing in the background, applying Black Soot Distress Oxide to the Stencil, spritzing with water and then placing the inked stencil down onto my background.
I used Tim's Heartfelt Die, added some machine stitching for added texture and also added some white hearts for some contrast.
I also added some of the waste from the die cut piece for an added layer of interest.
A Quote Chip has been added for dimension and interest and I also included some splatters of white paint.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x

Monday, 17 July 2017

A Vintage Journey - Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello and welcome, I have a Destination Inspiration post for you over at A Vintage Journey.
Here is a sneak peek to whet your appetite, hope you will pop by the blog HERE to see how I created this piece. I would love to know what you think!


Saturday, 15 July 2017

AALLandCreate Exclusive Products

Hi everyone and welcome, today I have a post for you using my exclusive stamps from AALLandCreate.

I created a brayered background using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints.
I use a light touch with the brayer to add layes of colour so that each one is still visible.
I stamped my scribbly heart onto the background and then added stamped hearts onto the top. Added a touch of shading around the hearts and added some delicate background stamping with Archival Ink. I also used Olga's little chap tucked behind the heart.
A few touches of white using Titanium White Fluid Acrylic to make the page pop along with a few delicate splatters of paint. I have also added a touch of stencilling to the background along with some random scratchy lines.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

Thursday, 13 July 2017


Today my post showcases products from IndigoBlu.
I painted my frame with IndigoBlu Pantry White and Townhouse Teal acrylic paints. I mixed them together to give me a slightly lighter tone. I then applied touches of Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint over the frame, applying with my finger and using only the smallest amount of paint.
I cut a piece of card to fit my frame and then stamped the lightbulb from the Shine Bright Stamp set with Black Archival Ink. I then created a mask and stamped the background stamps with Archival Inks Saffron and Vermillion, adding both inks to the stamps. The background stamps from this set are so versatile and could also be used on their own.
I stamped the bulb twice more onto white card, blended Ripe Persimmon around the edges and then adhered on top of the first stamped image. I then stamped the bulb for a third time and coloured with Distress Inks Ripe Persimmon and Fired Brick. I applied the Inks to a piece of acetate and then sptritzed with water and them smooshed the ink onto the bulb and then dried with a heat tool. I then applied several layers of clear embossing powder onto the top of the bulb and then placed the cut out piece into the fridge. I then removed from the fridge and bent the bulb to create cracks.
You can see the cracks more clearly from this picture. I rubbed over the top of the the clear embossing powder with Potting Soil Archival Ink to remove some of the shine. I also added the wording 'shine' to the top of the bulb again from the same stamp set.
I added some cotton threads behind the bulb for added texture. Having three layers to the bulb gives wonderful dimension to the piece. I painted some of Tim Holtz Typography Letters with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint and adhered to the frame. Black Chatter Design Tape has also been added behind for some contrast. I also included an Idea-ology Gear and an old vintage penn nib.
I had some bulbs in my stash which I coloured with Rust Alcohol Ink and I also wrapped some rusty wire around each for added texture. The number stamp in the background is also from the IndigoBlu stamp set, one I will use manu times.
Delicate splatters of paint and two of Tim Holtz Index Clips complete my piece.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Hi and welcome, I have a post just for fun for you today.
Sometimes I think its good to just take a break from deadlines and just create for the fun of it, no theme in mind, just going with the flow and that is how this piece evolved.

I showcased my piece in a Prima tray which I painted with Raw Umber DecoArt Media Fluic Acrylic Paint. Once dry I then painted the tray with a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint (love this crackle).
I was aiming for a textural piece so the crackle gave me my first layer of texture. I then created a hand from my own hand print sewing layers together including fibres, cheesecloth, book pages, tissue and hessian all to add to the layers of texture.
I created a head from one of my moulds, this is actually quite big. I did not smooth out any cracks in the clay as I loved this look it all adds to the worn, aged and textural feel to the piece. I gave the face a wash of Raw Umber paint, adding layers and drying in between. If I added too much paint I simply used a baby wipe to wipe some away.
The head nestles on a bed of rulers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology line and I have added some delicate touches of Ocean and Turquoise Dina Wakley Paint.
A couple of old paintbrushes to add dimension and interest along with some coils of rusty wire.
I added a few Remnant Rubs for added interest and added a couple of decorative clips from my collection. Hand-held is computer generated.
A circle of rusty wire completes my quirky piece.

Hope you enjoyed this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it. Have a lovely week.


Friday, 7 July 2017

A Vintage Journey Challenge - All Squared Up

Hello and welcome to a new challenge for A Vintage Journey. This month I am your host and my challenge is 'All Squared Up'.

"Whether a frame, embellishments, die cuts, drawn squares, doodles, or windows, let's see where inspiration takes you, let's get all squared up and show how creative those right angles can look! Show us your squared up pieces in a vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style".
Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Tando Creative who are offering an MDF Package for one randomly drawn winner.
I opted to decorate one  of Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags.
I love that you can throw anything at these tags, any mediums and they work perfectly.
I began by applying Grunge Paste over the Screwed Layring Stencil and the Tiles Layering Stencil to add texture to the background and I then applied a coat of Gesso.
I then began layering my colours first applying a coat of Old Paper Distress Paint and whilst the paint was still wet I then applied touches of Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint over the top blending the colour with my brush.
Once I was happy with my layers of colour in the background I then began to apply a touch of colour with Broken China Distress Crayon, scribbling the crayon onto the surface and then blending with a damp baby wipe.
For my focal image I used an image from Tim's Etcetera Paper Stash and I die cut the image using Seth Apter's Robo Square Die adding a couple of layers of the die to make it more sturdy. I then die cut two of the other squares from the Robo Die, coloured them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then added them over the top.
I added some burlap to the back of my focal image along with some cheesecloth, to give added texture and further layers to the design. I hung one of Finnabair's rusty clock pieces from a Hitch Fastener and added another vintage image to the centre.
I love all the layers in this piece, making it so tactile. I also included a few pieces of Tim's Idea-ology for added texture and dimension.
My trademark rusty wire had to appear somewhere and I used a circle of wire to showcase the focal image further and added 'be authentic' Quote Chip.
I tucked a tag behind my layers die cut using Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs and Tags Die. A few delicate paint splatters and scratchy lines complete my design.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I look forward to seeing all your entries into the challenge this month.

Tracy x x

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Eileen Hull Heartfelt Collection

Hi and welcome to today's blog post. Today I am showcasing some of Eileen Hull's Heartfelt Collection - The Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Set Thinlits Die and the Scoreboards XL Journal Die.
My thoughts behind this piece were that you could store some of those special memories in this journal, either tickets, memorabilia, special pictures etc, maybe a special dream trip you are taking or even a gift for a friend.
I die cut the journal from mountboard and adhered both pieces at the spine and allowed to dry completely before moving onto decorating. Once the binding was completely dry I then machine stitched down the centre of the binding to secure further and to add a touch more interest and texture.
Whilst the spine was drying I created a piece using my handprint adding lots of texture, fibres and random machine stitching along with some book pages for added interest.
I die cut flowers from book pages using Eileen's Stitchy Flowers Die.
I scrunched the flowers to age a little more.
I then added a pearl and coloured the edges of the flowers with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
The journal itself was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Raw Umber, dried with a heat tool and I then added DecoArt Media Crackle Paint over the top. Once this layer was dry I then sanded the edges and added a wash of Raw Umber Acrylic Paint over the top. I then adhered my hand onto the front of the journal.
The crackle adds so much texture, I love it. I also included a heart charm to the binding.
I left all the loose fibres as I thought they added to the overall textural feel of my design. I also included some Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz.
A few Adronments Stars for added interest along with a decorative pin from my vintage collection.
I added more of Eileen's flowers, which I love and I love the simplicity of them cut from book pages.
I added 'Hold onto your dreams' as my sentiment as I thought this worked perfectly with my idea and the hand print.
I added more torn book pages randomly to the background of my journal and added watercolour paper to the inside which could be used with any inks or watercolours etc whilst on your travels.

Hope you have enjoyed today's piece as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Enjoy your week.