Monday, November 26, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: A project with heart

Good morning! This week for our Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge we want you to be inspired to craft a project with heart :)
I have always loved hearts, especially when I see them in projects, but up until recently I had yet to use them. NOW, and it has become a theme I am using quite a bit :) I better watch may become an addiction lol! My dt project is a mixed media heart board.

I started with a blank canvas that I adhered old dictionary pages to it with Mod Podge.

Next I covered the board with Gesso using my Ranger craft scraper tool.

The next step was to draw on three hearts and fill them in with all sorts of pretty brads, pearls, gems, and buttons. I am a little ashamed to admit it...but I don't think I have even made a dent in my embellishment stash!!! If you look in the center of each heart you will see the saying....follow your heart :)

I almost left the board like this, but I felt the hearts were just floating and it bothered me :) SO I coloured in the scallops and added a scalloped boarder. I also added more dimension to the background with some rub-ones and painted circles, as you can see in the top photo. 

We have a very special guest joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show. His name is Jim and he is known as the "Gentleman Crafter". Be sure to check him out....I know you will be amazed!

Please stop on over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog to see the wonderful creations of all the dt members. I so hope you can join us...for some random participant will be the lucky winner of $50 dollar store voucher at Simon Says Stamp!!!

Have a fabulous day! Thanks for visiting! Hugs, TRace


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Merry Christmas tag

Good morning! I am here today playing along with the Studio L3 challenge Compendium of Curiosities is a journey through Tim Holtz's most recent book...this is my first time playing along :)  I was not sure if I should leave it as a tag, or make it into a card...I needed more Christmas cards, so that option won out :)
I began by choosing one of my many "mop up" tags:
 and then applied Tim's technique of Texture Fades, found in A Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2, page 64. I added a bit of white marker and glitter pen, and got this result...a tag that has that Scandinavian Christmas look to it!?!  

I definitely loved playing along with this challenge...I purchased both of Tim Holtz's books recently, and I love the push to use one of his techniques each is hoping for time :)
Thanks for stopping by to visit! Hugs, TRace

Monday, November 19, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Thank-you

Good Monday morning! I am back with a dt card for Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge:  Thank-you. I love making Thank-you cards because you really can do any design you wish, and custom colour it to the recipient :) The person I have in mind for this loves soft and romantic, so that was my starting inspiration for this card.

I was totally in the mood to play with my Tim Holtz Distress Stains, and make up some of my own background papers....I think I could do this ALL day long :) I so wish someone would pay me to do that LOL! This is a fun and easy technique...just squeeze your stains onto a clear need to cover the whole area.

Press it down onto watercolour paper, you will see the ink spread out and cover the paper....let it absorb for a minute or so, then lift up.

To help spread the ink a little more I often spritz it now with my perfect pearls powder in water will give it a pretty shine too! Dry with a heat tool. Below are the two different colour combinations of stains, I used for each panel. You can put them in a heavy book for a few hours or overnight to flatten them.

My next step after they were dry and flat, was to stamp them with a couple of my favorite Impression-Obsession stamps in one of the same colours I used for the background, but of course using the ink pad.

For the roses, I die cut grunge board with my rolled roses die and applied Tim Holtz Crackle Paint. 

After they were dry and rolled, I applied the pink colours of stain.

The frame was antiqued the same way with the Tim Holtz crackle paint in colour picket fence, and then I rubbed Inka Gold silver into the cracks and wiped of the excess.

I know you will want to join in on the fun over at Simon Says Stamp and Show , for one random player will win a $50 dollar store voucher courtesy of Simon Says Stamp :)
I am so looking forward to seeing all your creations! Thanks for visiting and have a great day! Hugs,
TRace :)


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