Thursday, 29 January 2015

Listen to your heart

This is my last DT piece for Katzelkraft, I have enjoyed my time with the team and wish all my team members all the very best and I would also like to thank Beatrice for the fabulous opportunity to work with their wonderful images.
For my final piece I thought I would create a card that could be used for Valentine's, an anniversary or simply to say I love you. I have showcased the heart from the LOVE stamp set which I have embossed in white set against an artsy background.
I brayered the background with Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Disress Paints, I love how both layers are clearly visible. I have also added a touch of background stamping with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.
I added wire around each of the hearts stapling into place using the tiny attacher and I also included Chtichat stickers for added interest.
Remnant rubs have also been added allong with stencilled letters to the background for a further layer of interest to the design.
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, I do appreciate each and every one. Tracy x x x

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Artistic Outpost Monthly Blog Hop

Morning all today it is time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost and this month our theme is TRANSPORTATION.
I decided on an altered suitcase/travel case for my piece with a vintage, aged feel using the fabulous HAT'S OFF AND HATS BACKGROUND stamp sets.
I die cut the suitcase from mountboard covered with Core'dinations card stock, sanding the edges to add to the aged feel. I then decorated the front with the Hats Background stamp set, stamping in black Archival Ink and colouring with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and flicking the background with water.
I die cut an oval from white card, coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then stamped the gentleman with black Archival again adding water to the background to give bleached out areas. I also included a  mini top hat and natural twine for added texture and dimension.
I also added a touch of decoration to the inside of my suitcase.

My fellow team members have created fabulous pieces to inspire you along the blog hop journey,please pop along to their blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Travel The World

Today I am using the Vintage Car image from Katzelkraft to create a travel themed card.
I used Brusho Colour Sandstone to create the background on my card, spritzing the card first and then adding a few sprinkles of the colour and then spritzing once again and then allowing to dry.
I cut a piece of white card 3.5" x 3.5" and once again spritzed with water and then applied Brusho Colour. Once completely dry I then stamped the Vintage Car with black Archival Ink, adding a remnant rub for added interest in the bottom corner.
I cut four 1.5" x 1.5" squares from white card coloured with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to pick up the orange from the Brusho Colour and then stamped part of the Vintage Car image onto each square. I also added VINTAGE using label letters.
Brusho Colour has been added to embossing paste and then I applied it over the numbered layering stencil and added touches of wax to highlight the texture.
A couple more remnant rubs and my design is complete.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Artistic Outpost New Release

Morning another exciting morning today as we have a fabulous new release from Artistic Outpost. To view all the new releases visit the website HERE for all the details.
My first sample showcases the fabulous HAT'S OFF and HATS BACKGROUND stamp sets. I was aiming for an old/vintage feel to this piece and I wanted to add depth and dimension.
I die cut the Cameo Frame from white card, adding the sized circles to the die before die cutting to give me an aperture in the centre. I repeated this process for five layers and then adhered the layers together to give me the appearance of a shadow frame. The front piece was added last once I had coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and flicked with water to add splatters and then stamped with the HATS BACKGROUND stamp using black Archival Ink. I added the handsome gent from the HAT'S OFF stamp set to the centre piece.
I added the sentiment 'my hat's off to you' to the top of my card, bending a little to give dimension. I also included a top hat embellishment backed with natural jute twine along with a 'genuine' chitchat sticker.
I also decorated the inside of the card using the HATS BACKGROUND stamp.
My second card showcases the SKATING EMPORIUM stamp set, perfect for those winter birthdays or seasonal cards.
I added embossed stars to my background using embossing paste through a layering stencil and then spritzing with Broken China, Weathered Wood and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains, adding just a touch of Olive Bronze Wax here and there as a contrast. I thought the winter wonderland word band was perfect with these images.
I wanted to do a wintertime piece with these images and I thought showcasing them in a time piece was perfect. I added several layers to the pocket watch to give dimension and so that it acted like a type of shadow frame. Again I added embossed stars to the top of the timepiece and coloured with Distress Spray Stains. The focal image from the stamp set has been stamped with black Archival Ink and I have coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and flicked with water. I masked the focal image and then stamped the background image, adding faux snow for that frosty feel. I also embedded an ice skate embellishment within the snow.
I added wintertime using label letters and matted my design onto a grey card stock.
I added seam binding coloured with Distress Inks, along with a die cut snowflake and coordinating embellishment.

There is a fabulous prize on offer, a $15 gift certificate for three winners chosen at random to spend at the fabulous Artistic Outpost on line store. The winners will be announced on the Artistic Outpost Blog on 24th January 2015.

My fellow Design Team members have created fabulous pieces to inspire you along the new release blog hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always love to read your comments. Tracy x x x 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Time To Celebrate

Today I am using the fabulous Hologe stamp set from Katzelkraft to create my card.

The clock image has been used as my focal point, samped several times to add layers to my design. The background of the card has been coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and flicked with water to add blotches to the design. I have repeated this process to the clock images and the tag tucked behind the main image.
I then die cut a small circle from white card, coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and added part of the clock image to the circle and then added to the focal image, aligning the design. I also added a tiny tag samped with 2015 along with a circular tag stamped with celebrate. Mini sprocket gears add a further layer of interest to the design.
I have used Alpha Chips to add Time to the top of my card along with a watch face coloured with alcohol inks. I have also included stencilled numbers to the background using Tim Holtz Layering Stencil.
I love how all the layers are visible in my design.
I used Tim Holtz Clockwork Layering Stencil in the background and I also added a touch of background stamping for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Birds Of A Feather

I am already thinking about Spring and its only January! I long for those light filled Spring days filled with blossom and fresh green foliage.
Thinking of Spring inspired my piece today for Artistic Outpost using the fabulous Birds Of A Feather stamp set. I began with three die cuts, cut from white card using Our Daily Bread Designs Elegant Oval Dies. Keeping the dies in place I applied Broken China Distress Ink over the card, adding touches of Gathered Twigs ink to the edges and I then flicked the background with water to add blotches. The bird image was then stamped onto two of the die cuts using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Once I was happy with my stamping and colouring I then removed the die to leave a white border around the edge. The central die cut has been stamped with the background stamp from the same stamp set.
I love adding layers to my designs and being able to see each layer within the design. I added subtle touches of Remnant Rubs to the die cut pieces and added the sentiment 'Birds of a feather' to the top of my design.
I applied Crackled Texture Paste, coloured with Potting Soil Reinker to a layering stencil to add further interest to the background. I love the touch of crackle to the stencilled areas. Subtle background stamping has also been included. Die cut feathers coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink have been added for further dimension and interest.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your kind comments. Tracy x x

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Vintage Travel From Eileen Hull - New Release Part 2

Welcome back, I am showcasing more of Eileen Hull's fabulous CHA release for 2015. If you would like to see part one of the release you can view those HERE.
The first of today's dies is the fabulous BOX, TRAIN CASE. Again another versatile die and perfect for housing a special gift. I was aiming for a vintage, aged appearance with this piece. Once assembled I added greenery to the box die cut from white card using the Garden Greens die. I then painted all the areas with black paint and then set aside to dry. I then dry brushed with a burnt orange paint to give a rusty appearance.
I continued with the theme around the side of the box and added more greenery to the sides.
I love the hinges around the back of the case, it gives it a real authentic feel. I also added touches of wax here and there.
To complete I added a brass key and natural twine to the top along with hessian to the inside.
The next die is so cute, the 3D CHAIR, this is so realistic, I love it. Again I was going for an aged rusty appearance.
Greenery has been added to the back of the chair and once again I painted with black paint and then dry brushed with burnt orange paint.
This is another die that has so many possibilities.
I also added an Art with Heart cushion (Eileen's monthly challenge, and if you would like to join in for January you can find all the information HERE).
The final die I am showcasing is the TOOLBOX die, which I decorated as a chocolate box this time around, well I could not resist, especially as I like chocolate so much!
I was aiming for a very coordinated look for my first set of samples so once again just like yesterday's samples I decorated with the Wallpaper Paper Stash. I added a button to the centre and included natural twine around the edge of the box.
I coloured the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and added a key to the top of the box for added interest. I also added chocolates to the inside, well Eileen will need energy whilst demonstrating at CHA!
I hope you have enjoyed today's showcased pieces as much as I enjoyed making them.

If you would like to be inspired further pop along to my fellow Design Team Members, they have an amazing selection of projects to whet your appetitie for these wonderful innovative dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x