Friday, August 31, 2012


Good morning :) I'm here today to share a card made with a neglected Hero Arts stamp of know the stamp, the one you just HAVE to have and then it just sits around lol.

The latest Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is to be inspired by the new summer colours of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks....I thought this would be the perfect time to pull out that stamp. Here is my card:

I just stamped the ink pad on my craft mat and picked up a paint brush with a tiny bit of water, and easily coloured in the images :) Then I added some perfect pearls mist :)

I am also going to enter this into Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by to visit! Have a fantastic day, hugs TRace

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sea salt vs Resolve take 2 and new lesson learned :)

Good afternoon! I am back today with take 2 of the sea salt vs Resolve on ink technique. You can see many photos on yesterday's post HERE. Today I tried it with lighter Dylusions ink colours. What I discovered was that the results of the Resolve do not show up as much with lighter colours, but with the seal salt it was way more dramatic and you just know I will HAVE to try it again with even darker colours then yesterday's post. LOL!

Here are today's papers that both started off basically the exact same:

                                                                                                                       Here is the Resolve result:

Here is the sea salt result: 

I am going to enter this in Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: No Rules.
Hope you have a great day, thanks for stopping by! Hugs, TRace

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sea Salt VS Resolve inking technique

Good afternoon! I had the day off today, so I decided to throw a little crafting into the daily boring cleaning day!
I had seen on Pinterest an inking technique using Oxyclean. I decided to try this out and compare it to the "sea salt" technique. For my laundry whitener I decided to try Resolve. I will show you the sea salt technique first then the Resolve, and then compare them both with some pro and cons :)

These are the products I used for the salt technique. In both cases, I used these Dylusions sprays on watercolour paper. I worked quickly to spray the whole surface because you want to add the sea salt to WET ink! If an area dries, I added a bit more spray or water to that area. Sprinkle the salt on and set aside to dry.

Sea salt on the ink and beginning to react and dry.
A close-up of the dry can see the sea salt pushes the colour outwards.
Sea salt my surprise there are orangey brown spots under the salt???
A close-up for you :)

So now on to the Resolve....
Same inks and paper but used Resolve laundry.
Resolve pushes away the ink as soon as you sprinkle it on....but then nothing else for a patient, it is worth it :)
A close-up of the dry paper...the Resolve REMOVED colour and gave me new colours like yellow and a pinkish colour in the blue (sorry you can't see that!)
I think you can see the pink in this photo :) LOVE this!!!!
A close-up of the Resolve effect.

So both techniques gave really cool and very different results! Both added new colours to the inked sheet, BUT Resolve did so much more dramatically! Both warped the watercolour paper, but the Relsolve did so more, I think it was because I did spray it with more water. Both are under heavy books right now to press them. 
So for sheets that started off almost identical...they sure morphed into completely different looks :) One girly and one more boyish lol!
I plan to doddle on them like I saw done on this Pinterest post HERE. I am going to try this with pinks and oranges next, so I can cut out pretty flowers :) :) :)

I was inspired to do this post by May over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: No rules. May showed an awesome video playing with inks....I could watch videos like these for hours lol :)

Have a great day...hope you get inky!
Hugs, TRace

Monday, August 20, 2012


Good evening again:) I am back with a mixed media board. It coordinates with the mop up tag I showed you yesterday.  This board was my second attempt at having the background stamping show through....I actually learned from my "blue" board....watering down spray inks and or paints on a craft mat really helps with this :) Shocking I know :)

Unfortunately the story behind the saying is way too long to explain...but just to say that my girlfriends and I try our best to be free and EASY going, with no strict rules on friendship....let's just leave it at that! This board will hang in my craft room to remind me of my awesome friends, and to remind me to be the button :)
Have a fantastic day....wishing you happiness and friendship like I have found :)
Hugs, TRace

Grey and Yellow

Good evening! Hope everyone survived Monday :)  I have a card to share today:

This card fits a few challenges :) Impression Obsession Challenge: Yellow and Grey. I used two beautiful background stamps of theirs: CR007 Tiny Flowers and CR006 Honeycomb. The sentiment is a SRM Sticker.

Thanks for popping by to visit! Have a great day. Hugs, TRace

Sunday, August 19, 2012

PTI Make It Monday #78

Good evening....back again today with a card to share :)
This weeks challenge at Papertrey Ink was to incorporate stitching into our designs :) Here is my card:

Have a great evening! Hugs, TRace


Hello! I'm back with a "mop up" tag from a board that I will show you later know, when you have left over ink on your craft mat and you don't want to waste it, you use a tag to mop it up :)

My girlfriends gave me a bag full of beautiful new stencils for my birthday :) :) :) It definitely is one of my favorite techniques for tags and mixed media boards!!!
Have a fantastic afternoon!
Hugs, TRace

Favorite Technique

Good afternoon :) I hope you all have had a fantastic weekend... I did, with my scrapin friends!!! We had many laughs and were quite productive too :)
I have a mixed media board to share today that features one of my favorite techniques... stencilling :)

Like my previous board....this board gave me much angst!! My daughter requested a "blue" board for her wall, so I envisioned a much lighter coloured board that would show all the stamping on tissue paper that I had as a base layer to show through...but of course with my spray inks and lack of experience, the colour came out way to dark. I should of watered down the ink on a kraft sheet first! 
 So this board got put down and picked up many many times with accompanying names associated with it!...I hated it, then liked it, then disliked it, then finally I loved it LOL!! It took hours to make :) Happy to say my daughter likes it!!!

Hope you have a great day! Hugs, TRace

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grungey board

Good afternoon! Today I have a multi media board to share that has really evolved :)

As you can see this is not my usual style of liking things to be "pretty"....this board has evolved from being totally "ugly" to acceptable "distressed" lol.

I am going to enter this into Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge: Favorite technique. I love to used Golden Gel Mediums Light Molding Paste on my boards to create depth and interest :)

Have a great day! Hugs, TRace

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Anniversary tag card

Good afternoon:) I have a manly card to share today that was inspired by my visit last weekend to my sweet friend Bonita's cottage :)
I love this Herringbone background stamp (CR004) from Impression versatile!!! I am entering it in IO latest challenge: It's a Man's World, you can check it out HERE. The sentiment is a SRM sticker. The tag was made using various inks and the sea salt technique.
Hope you have a fantastic day! Hugs, TRace


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