Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sizzix Maker Challenge with Eileen Hull Heartfelt House Pocket Die

Over the next few weeks Sizzix have a Maker Challenge and this time around they are showcasing Eileen Hull's House Pocket Die. Pop by Eileen's Blog HERE for all the details. Eileen also did a fabulous Facebook Live which you can also view on Eileen's post.
This is what I created with Eileen's House Pocket Die, an accordion decorated both sides using Distress Oxides using the steps below.
I die cut a the House Pocket from 300gsm white card and then drew around the shape to create my accordion.
I die cut separate pieces to decorate and add to the accordion.
I added Twisted Citron and a touch of Black Soot Distress Oxides to a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed with water.
I then dabbed my die cut piece into the beads of ink.
Spritzed the card once more and then dried the ink with a heat tool.
I then added more Twisted Citron Oxide Ink to the non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and dabbed the card once again into the ink. With Oxides I like to build up many layers of the colour to get the effect I am looking for. The Oxides are a Die/Pigment fusion and therefore you can build up the layers without creating mud.
I then spent lots of time adding layers to each die cut piece. I also added shading around the edges of each die cut piece blending the Oxides around the edges and then drying the ink with a heat tool. I stamped the Raven on this panel and also created a mask so that I could add further stamping.
I then used the background stamp from the On The Farm stamp set and added some background stamping with Black Archival Ink.
I love spending time adding layers to my pieces, that is the fun part for me.
I added one of the Ancestors to the Raven and gave him a hat and also included a Transparent Tile and further Idea-ology along with a skull bead. I love adding random stitching as I think it adds wonderful texture and a further layer of interest to the design.
I continued adding layered details to each panel and also included some stencilled layers too.
I love this Ancestor and I added some Tape to ground him along with some wooden numbers and skull bead.
This is the detail on the reverse of the accordion. I also added some white highlights and markings.
More random stitching and some layers stapled into place using the Tiny Attacher. I also used the new web stamp behind the Raven on this panel.
Further random machine stitching for texture, leaving some of the loose threads for added interest.
I love these Cabinet Cards, I gave this lady her own Witch Hat and again added machine stitching and layered elements.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you get the chance to join in with this fabulous challenge. There are some fabulous prizes on offer.

If you would like to join in the challenge, click HERE.

Tracy x x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Mixed Media Crow

Hi and welcome, today I have a project I created just for fun using Tim Holtz products.
I opted to decorate one of Tim's Framed Panels. I knew I wanted to incorporte his Raven from his new Stamp Set Raven's. I used it as a Crow in my artwork as artistic licence and all that!
To begin I took a piece of Tim Holz hessian and added a piece of Etcetera Paper Stash onto the hessian and machine stitched into place. I then added some vintage papers to the background for added interest, adhereing with Matt Medium and also adding a coat of Matt Medium over the top.
Once I had added the layers of paper I then used a palette knife and added some Crackle Paste randomly around the background, just touches here and there. Once the Crackle was completely dry I then added layers of paint, Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap, adding a little paint at a time, drying a little and then wiping away some of the paint with a baby wipe so that the background text was still visible.
I then stamped the Raven or in my case I used as a Crow with Black Archival Ink, using the Stamp Platform so that I could keep adding layers of black ink to get a really sharp impression over the many layers of paper and paint. I then machine stitched around the raven, adding random stitching, again giving another layer of interest.
I also added a couple of index clips and random red splatters of paint. I also machine stitched a Transparent Tile to the background and also included a vintage pen nib. To add further definition I used the Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon around the edges of the papers and smudged with my finger.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday, 11 August 2017

ITAC - AALLandCreate - The International Tournament of Art and Craft 2017

Welcome to a very special post. This post marks the first leg in our very exciting International Tournament of Art and Craft 2017 with AALLandCreate.

The first leg of our Tournament is EUROPE. Our challenge theme is

"The Face of Printmaking"

To find out all the details of our challenge, please click on the link below:

I have a sneak peek of my project below, if you would like to join in the challenge and view my project in more detail with tips, advice and details of how I was inspired, please click on the link above. Don't forget when submitting your artwork to use the hashtags #itac17, 'itac17challenge1, #aallandcreate

The ITAC Tournament is open to everyone to participate and there are lots of prizes on offer too!

Over the next six weeks the talented artists above are all collaborating to bring you six weeks full of inspiration and we would love to inspire you to take part in this fun collaboration. You will also spot on this poster that we have some fabulous sponsors for our challenge and we would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for their involvement. 

The Deadline and the end of the ITAC Tournament is 24th September 2017 and the most important thing is to have FUN!

I love sharing ideas and this collaboration is all about sharing and working together with like-minded creatives from around the world and we hope you will enjoy our inspiration and are inspired to join us on this creative journey. 

I am absolutely delighted to have been included in this collaboration and I look forward to seeing how you are all inspired each week.

If you would like to stay in touch with what is happening each week in our ITAC Tournament simply click on the link below:

 Challenge - Europe - Tracy Evans

Each week designers will be posting top tips about their projects and how they were inspired by each challenge.

Thanks so much for popping by and enjoy the ITAC Tournament. Hope you enjoy my project and I would love to hear your feedback.

Tracy x x 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Eileen Hull Ebook (Journal Die)

Hi everyone and welcome, today I have a post to let you all know about the fabulous launch of Eileen Hull's wonderful Ebook the "Journal Treasury".

If you love making journals or want to learn how to make your own personalised journals, or even need more inspiration then you will love this Ebook.
There are 85 inspirational projects inside this book and 164 pages, so something for every style and taste and I am delighted to have been included in the wonderful line up of artists being showcased. Thank you Eileen.

The price for the month of August is $11.87 which is 30% off the regular price of $16.99.

This is 100% Digital and you can view on any device.

If you would like to purchase, please click on the link below:

To mark the launch of the Ebook I thought I would revisit one of my own favourite personalised journals that I created recently.
I think this is one of my favourites because it is so tactile, I love all the layered elements and the freedom to just create whatever I desired and this was the result.
If you would like to see the original post of this Journal and more step out details then click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by.



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

AALLandCreate Exclusive Products

Welcome, today I have a post for you using the exclusive products form AALLandCreate.
For this card I have used my quirky birds which you can find HERE combined with Fiona's feather stamp which you can find HERE.
I worked on watercolour card so that I could use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to colour the imagery. I stamped my quirky bird first and then masked the bird and then stamped the feather.
I added a touch of background stamping and added some scratchy paint lines with an old credit card along with some delicate black paint splatters.
 I love this sentiment Take Risks and use it quite frequently on a variety of projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Monday, 7 August 2017

AALLandCreate - ITAC - The International Tournament of Art and Craft 2017

Welcome to a very special post, today I would like to highlight all the fabulous details regarding our International Tournament of Art and Craft organised by AALLandCreate.
I am absolutely delighted to be involved in this exciting collaboration with a fantastic array of talented artists from all over the world.

The challenge is open to everyone to participate and all the details are in the link below:

The ITAC Tournament begins this Friday 11th August with our first Challenge and I will have a special post for you this Friday. If you click on the link above you can also see some more detail of the artists involved in this exciting worldwide collaboration.

The ITAC Tournament with AALLandCreate is a six week challenge. Five teams from around the world inspiring you from 11th August 2017 through to the 8th September 2017. We will be setting a series of five challenges, each with its own theme, set of instructions, tips, tutorials, and masterclasses to inspire you along this creative journey. 

Then we will have a Grand Final, which will be the sixth and final challenge beginning on the 15th September 2017.

This is a laid back and friendly competition and the deadline for the whole competition is 24th September and the most important thing is to have FUN!

There are also Prizes!

How to take part:

  1. Create a piece of artwork following the theme and instructions given by the artists for each challenge.
  2. Post your artwork on the AALLandCreate Fanatics Facebook Page Group (HERE) in the relevant album that corresponds with the challenge. But please note that only work posted in the correct albums will be eligible for inclusion.
  3. Anyone who does not have a Facebook Account but who still would like to participate can do so by posting their work on their own blog or website and emailing the link to Or you can simply email us an image of your challenge entry.
  4. AND post your challenge piece on your own Social Networking Pages and/or blogs along with the link and the hashtag for the challenge. These will be made available as each challenge is launched.
  5. The ITAC Tournament is open to everyone, you don't need to be signed up and there are no other conditions.

Look at the fantastic array of artists joining in this collaboration to inspire you over the coming weeks!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I am really looking forward to the start of the tournament on Friday 11th August 2017. See you then!


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Christmas Star

I had a couple of hours spare from deadlines yesterday and lots of Christmas products on my desk so I thought I would take the opportunity to make a couple of Christmas Cards for my collection.
I decided on a star theme this time around adding layers to the background using Tim Holtz stencils and stamps. I coloured the star with Distress Oxides Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.
I love adding layers to my designs so I still wanted to achieve the same with my Christmas cards, but trying to keep them simple enough to make a few in a short amount of time.
I added a touch of stencilling outside the star and added a touch of Texture Paste to Santa's coat and hat etc.
I added a couple of Star Adornments for added dimension.
I then created a couple of cards using the Baubles from the same stamp set, stamping the focal image with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink.
I added a touch of stencilling to the inside of the card for an added little detail.
I added a touch of dimension to the centre bauble by stamping twice and added some delicate splatters of white paint for that snowy feel.
Once again Adornments Star embellishments have been added for further interest.
That's a couple of cards now made for my collection later in the year, now to think of another design!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x