Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Artistic Outpost Blog Hop

Time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost and this month the theme is "Designers Choice".
I am showcasing one of my all time favourite stamp sets, Birds of a Feather which I have set against an inky background. I applied Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles to a heart stencil and then spritzed with water and pressed the stencil onto the white card and dabbed with a piece of kitchen towel which I then dried with a heat tool. I repeated the same process to one of the hearts.
I die cut two hearts from white card and stamped the bird image from the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp set onto the heart with Potting Soil Archival Ink to give a vintage feel to the piece. I also added a touch of background stamping using the background stamp from Ephemera Background stamp set, stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to give a tone on tone effect. I also added some natural twine, token and a small rose for added interest and dimension.
I stamped the birds head only onto the second heart and once again added touches of background stamping but this time with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added 'feather' part of the sentiment from the same set.
I added a touch of shading with Distress Inks around each heart and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges for definition. I also included the sentiment from the Birds of a Feather stamp set.
My fellow team members have also created artwork to inspire you further along the blog hop.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x



Monday, 24 August 2015

Garden Keepers

Welcome to my second Guest Designer piece for Calico Craft Parts.
Here is a sneak peek, all of the details are over on the Calico Craft Parts BLOG, I have decorated a shrine this time around, I absolutely love these shrines!

Tracy Evans x x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Do what you love, love what you do

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
I began by applying DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Pyrrole Orange to the background, applying using an old credit card and then drying with a heat tool. I then added touches of DecoArt Media Acrylic Green Gold, again with a credit card, not covering the area entirely, leaving some white spaces.
I then drew two scribbly circles with pencil and then went over the pencil lines with a Black Neocolour and then smudged the black with a wet paintbrush.
I used a white gel pen to echo the circular lines and to add highlights. I then placed a heart die cut onto the background and used PanPastel Magenta over the top of the hearts and then removed the heart die cut and repeated this process around the background. I also used a Tim Holtz Layering stencil to add the small circles, applying PanPastel White Coarse Pearl Medium over the stencil. To add a further layer of interest I also applied Black PanPastel Coarse  Pearl Medium over a Wendy Vecchi stencil. To add further depth to the colour I applied PanPastel Orange to the edges of the background.
I added a ChitChat sticker along with stamped sentiments to the circles, stamped with Black Archival Ink.
I also added further interest with scratchy lines applied with a credit card and DecoArt Media Acrylic Paints. To complete I added delicate splatters of DecoArt Media Titanium White Acrylic Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/


Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wander without a reason or purpose.

I am showcasing the Wander and Dream stamp set from Artistic Outpost today.
To begin I cut three layers of card, placed each layer together, holding in place with low tack tape. I die cut a circle from white paper, removed the circle and placed the aperture onto the white card. I die cut a small circle of scrap paper and placed that into the aperture, to act as a mask.  I tore a piece of scrap paper lengthways placed this piece onto the aperture and sponged Wild Honey Distress Ink over the edges. I then removed the torn paper and moved it up the aperture, inking as I went along. I repeated this process until I had what appear like mountains in the background of the aperture. I then removed the circular die cut piece and lightly sponged a touch of ink over the circle. With the three layers of card still in place I placed the Rays Layering Stencil onto the layers of card and sponged Distress Ink over the stencil, adding ink over the three pieces of card. I used Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and a touch of Fired Brick. I repeated these steps on both sides of the card, I then removed the stencil and separated the three layers and matted each piece onto a piece of black card, leaving a very narrow border.
I stamped the cactus into the aperture using Potting Soil Archival Ink and I added the sentiment also stamped with Archival Ink.
I love how the stencilled rays blend over the three pieces of card. For added interest I also included delicate splatters of paint to the background.
I die cut a small suitcase from white card, crumpled the die cut to add creases and then coloured with Distress Inks, adding more depth of colour to the creases to add to the aged feel. I then stamped the focal image onto the suitcase using Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added the sentiment DREAM BIG along with a Remnant Rub.
I die cut two layers of the suitcase and adhered them together to make a dimensional suitcase.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Sunday, 16 August 2015

Tinytopia and the magic of little things

I have recently joined in with a class run by Mary Jane Chadbourne, appropriately named "Tinytopia and the magic of little things". This is a fun on-line class and these little houses are very addictive.
I wanted to go for an eclectic mix of houses that I will have on display in my craft room. I have lots of pictures so will not talk to much about the details. I have created 6 so far with more to follow.
I love the small little details on each house and its surprising what detail you can fit in on such a small area.
I love the dolls head one with the clay hat/roof, perfect for a little pixie/fairy house.
I added 'Head Room' text on the pixie house, which I thought was perfect having a dolls head on the top. Of course I had to incorporate a Halloween house and a garden house, things I love!
I also love the little house with the metal face, hands and feet, so textural with lots of DecoArt Crackle. My witch has a fabulous metal hat aged with black paint along with added rub on's and touches of wax around the edges to give a lovely finish. I adore the hitch fastener feet!
This picture shows a little more detail on each of the houses, from a different sides. My London one was inspired by recent trip to London.
I love the owl on my Halloween one. Its such fun hunting out pieces to add to these fun little quirky houses.
The Easter one has fun little wooden bunny ears for added dimension.
The kit I purchased from Jane also has a stand to display the houses which is perfect , just a few more to complete and I will display them all together.
I hope you have enjoyed my fun little pieces as much as I have creating them!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Find Joy In The Ordinary

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
My background has been created with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Pyrrole Orange which I applied by dragging the paint over the background using an old credit card, ensuring to leave some white areas and I also added touches of Cobalt Teal Hue Acrylic and I then dried with a heat tool. I used the edge of the credit card to add scratchy lines in Green Gold DecoArt Fluid Acrylic and Carbon Black.
I used a stencil to add stencilled circles around the background applying Ultramarine Blue PanPastel over the stencil. I then die cut two hearts from scrap card, placed the hearts onto the background and then applied Ultramarine Blue PanPastel over the die cut pieces.
I used the Tim Holtz Wildflower Layering Stencil, applying DecoArt Black Modeling Paste over the stencil and allowing to dry. I used Wendy Vecchi's Old Ledger Stencil to add further detail to the background applying Black Coarse Pearl Medium PanPastel over the stencil. I also added a Remnant Rub for added interest.
I also added splatters of DecoArt Titanium White Acrylic to add a further layer of interest. From this picture you can see all the layers added to the background. I also added touches of Orange PanPastel to the hearts to add more depth of colour.
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Tracy x x x

http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/







Thursday, 13 August 2015

Springtime Joy

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost; this week I am using the fabulous Springtime stamp set.

I was aiming for a clean fresh feel to this weeks card using subtle tones of blue ink; in this case Broken China Distress Ink.
I die cut a circle from a piece of white card 4.5" x 6.5", placing the circle over the edge of the card and then running through my die cutting machine.  I wanted to use this aperture area to showcase my sentiment which has been stamped onto a smaller circle and shaded with Broken China Distress Ink.
I added clouds to the background, adding only a touch of Broken China Ink. I also added some random machine stitching and delicate splatters of paint to the background; I wanted to add layers of interest but nothing too overpowering as I wanted the clouds to be clearly visible.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink, masked off the image and then added the fence behind. I also machine stitched around the card for added texture.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x