Monday, 22 August 2016

Wicked Oddities...

Hello friends and welcome to my second very special post for today!

As some of you might have noticed over on Tim Holtz's blog the 2016 Halloween Inspiration Series began on Friday with a wonderful project from the very talented Audrey Pettit and today, I am so excited and extremely honoured to say that it is my turn to share a seasonal project using some of the items in this range and below is a little sneak peek of what you will find if you pop over to Tim's blog!
I really hope you enjoy the project I've created for this series because I loved every minute of making it and this year, Tim has launched the most spectacular Halloween idea-ology products. If you haven't seen them yet...then you must check them out HERE and as always, these items won't be around forever, so get them whilst you can!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again very soon!
Love Emma xx


Catch of the Day...

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is GO FISH and I will admit, I did have to have a long hard think about what I could use for this project but after a good search through my stash, I found this wonderful photo from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives Occasions set and then...my inspiration flowed and it just all came together perfectly!

As always, I hope you love the piece of created telling these story of two children and there prize catch of the day!


and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with, I used an 8" square canvas board. I cut pieces of Tissue Wrap to fit the board and scrunched these in my hand to create texture. Open out the tissue and then using Collage Medium attach the scrunched tissue to the board, allowing the folds and ripples in the tissue to create texture.

Apply a layer of the Collage Medium over the top, thoroughly dry the medium and then start to apply your colour using the blue tones of Distress Crayons. I usually just scribble the crayon onto the surface and then blend them out with a semi dry wipe and my fingertips. Once I was happy with the blend of colour, I then used an old credit card to scape some gesso over the surface, allowing it to highlight the texture on the board. As a final layer of colour, I dry brushed some Gold Rush Metallique Paint over the top, again allowing it to catch areas of the board but not creating block colour.

Once again heat dry the surface before moving onto the next stage.

I wanted to create as much texture on this piece as I could and still keep a really natural, rustic feel and so I used Texture Paste and to start with, I applied it through the "found" wording on the Industrial Layering Stencil. 
Let the paste dry before adding colour to the paste surface with Distress Crayons and adding shadow around the wording with the Hickory Smoke Crayon. I then used my fingertip to apply a small amount of the Gold Rush Paint over the top.
For more texture, I then used the Herringbone stencil and the Splatters stencil, once again applying them directly to the painted surface and adding colour once the paste was dry.

To highlight the paste and to create some shimmer, I applied Collage Glue over the raised surface and then added Foil Transfer Sheets. 

To complete the background, I added Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edge of the canvas, blending it out with my fingers and also added a few foil highlights.

For the layered part of the panel, I began by using the largest sized vignette panel. I added some Picket Fence Paint over the top to create the look of weathered worn wood and allowed it to dry.
I then attached the painted board over a layer of cheesecloth, which I had dyed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. I also added some wire, that I twisted and bent so that it would wrap around the corners of the board.
For the photo, I wanted to add some tinting to the black and white image and for this, I used Distress Marker Pens and blended out the colour with a Q-Tip.
Ink around the edges of the photo and then matt onto white canvas card before mounting onto the board using foam pads.
Apply some wax over the top of your metal gears and then tuck these underneath the photo.
Using the "Good Times" Alpha Part, apply a layer of Glossy Accents over the top and then sprinkle over some Glitter Dust. Tap away the excess and then attach with Collage Medium to the bottom right hand corner of the photo. I then just arranged the wire so that it frames the wording.
Finally add some mini stars and an adornment arrow to the background...
...and to complete the project, I used a Remnant Rub which you can just see peeking out from under the wire.
I really hope you've loved this panel and it's given you some inspiration for the challenge and of course, as always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....


Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx


Products used:

Distress Paint: Tumbled GlassPicket Fence
Distress Spray Stains: Antique Linen
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayons: Set 1, 2 and 3
Distress Marker Pens
Layering Stencil: Industrial, Splatters, Herringbone
Surfaces: Vintage Foil Transfer Sheets, White Canvas Card
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Cheesecloth, Canvas board and wire from my own stash

Monday, 15 August 2016

Good Times...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where we are having some Summer Fun! As always, we hope you'll join in with our theme and whatever your favourite summer activity is, we hope you'll share it with us and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I chose to use the Surf Shack die from Tim Holtz but instead of creating a surf shack, I went for an elegant coastal home, No.63 Coastal Drive ~ the home of my dreams and something you see in the movies or in the World of Interiors magazine ~ light and airy inside and set slightly back from the sea with nothing to see for miles except sun and sand!


To begin with, I used the the Village Dwelling die to die cut the base of my house. This is the die that you need if you are using most of Tim's add on dies to create the various styles of houses! I used this die to die cut the house from corrugated card and the roof from a piece of Core'Dinations Distress card stock.

I painted the corrugated card with gesso and lightly sanded the Core'Dinations card with a sanding tool to give a more worn effect to the roof.
After some light inking on both, I constructed the base of my house and then, set this aside to work on the add on sections. For this, I used the Surf Shack die and die cut the front roof section and the windows from a further piece of Core'Dinations card and once again, sanded each piece before adding them onto my house. You'll see that I also used a further piece of corrugated card, just under the peak of the roof, as I wanted this to remain white to match the house.
I added a door made from kraft card and used an idea-ology Hex Fastener as the door knob. For the doorstep, I used a piece of the Pumice Stone card from the Core'Dination stash and added this, yo my hour. I also die cut the main struts of the house from corrugated card and added a little welcome door mat created from the linen in the Textile Surfaces pack.
For the base of my house, I wanted to create the look of sand, so I die cut the base from Manila card and then added a good layer of Prima White Sand Texture Paste over the top. Let the paste dry thoroughly before adding Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Paint to the surface to create the sandy colour.
Once happy with the base, I added my house over the top and place a mini plaquette onto the front of the house.
For the extra base of the house, I used a canvas board and applied a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint over the top. When the paint is dry, I then added a small amount of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Crayon to create highlights on the water. Over the top of this, I then used my fingertip to add an extra layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint. This created the look of the sea and to complete the base, I added some shimmery highlights of blue Vintage Transfer Foil.
I then wanted to create the look of steps going up to the front door and for this I used pieces of driftwood.
I attached the driftwood to the canvas board to create a solid platform, added a small amount of Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon along the edges and then attached my house over the top.

Now for the fun part of adding all the little extras that bring this house to life.

The lifebelt is die cut from a small piece of chipboard, painted with Gesso and then I added red twine around it before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The palm is also die cut from chipboard and painted with Distress Paints. I attached the palm to the canvas base and added the surf board, die cut from white Core'Dinations card, leaving the central section white and painted the rest of the board with Candied Apple Distress Paint.
After adding moss and seashells around the house...
...I then added the finishing touch ~ a sign post and for this, I stamped my Hashtag wording, "good times" onto a piece of cream card, inked the edges and then attached the banner to a cocktail stick which I then attached to the front of my house.
I really hope you love my interpretation of Tim's Surf Shack die and I can't wait to use this die to now go and create a proper little surf shack to go with alongside this one!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....


Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx


Products used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Village Dwelling Die, Surf Shack Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: Hashtag
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayons: Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Big Shot
Moss, driftwood, shells and chipboard from my own stash

Friday, 12 August 2016

True Blue on a Fun Friday...

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful week and looking forward the weekend! Today, is Fun Friday over the Penny Black blog and as always, I have a little sneaky peek here on my blog of the project that I created with full instructions of how I made it! All you need to do is just click HERE to be whisked over to the Penny Black blog to see the full reveal of the card...

I really hope you love it and thanks so much for popping by today ~ hope you'll visit again soon!
Have a great weekend, love Emma xx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Art Garden...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week, our theme is called ~ Try To Contain Yourself! So whether you use a box, tin or any other sort of container...we can't wait to see what you create and how you will interpret this challenge!

For my project, I was inspired by a quote from Claude Monet: "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece" and with this in mind I created my very own art garden using a vignette box from Tim Holtz and packed it full of idea-ology pieces and delicate vellum flowers, if you look really closely, there is even a little paint brush to paint all the centres of the flowers.

So, here we go...
To begin with I took the largest vignette box and I covered the edges of the box with paper strips from the Dapper Paper Stash to recreate the look of a vintage cigar box. As the wonderfully talented  Paula Cheney mentioned in her blog post which you can see here, these strips were specially designed for this purpose! I cut each of the strips and then folded them over the edges, attaching them with Collage Medium. Once the strips were in place, I used a small amount of Walnut Stain Distress Ink and just lightly blended the ink over the top. I also coloured all the joins of the box using Walnut Stain Distress Paint.
To line the inside of the box, I cut a piece of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash and fitted this to the back wall of the box.

The sides of the box are covered in neutral linen from the Textile Surfaces pack, which I inked with some more Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
For the base of the box, I cut a piece of cheesecloth and dyed it with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. Once the cloth was dry, I draped it across the bottom section.

Now that the inside of my box is complete, I started work on the embellishments and to begin with created my abundance of flowers. I used the Tiny Tattered Florals die to die cut white vellum and once the flowers were made up, I then went into the centres and added a touch of yellow paint and some stamens to create a more realistic looking flower.
I then took a Trophy Cup which I wanted to age. I started by adding some Brushed Pewter over the surface of the cup and let it dry until it was slightly tacky. I then gently wiped away some of the paint. Once the remaining paint was thoroughly dry, I then applied Mushroom Alcohol Ink, which I pounced over the surface. This created the most wonderful rusty, tarnished look to the cup.
I added a small piece of foam which I had from some packaging and put this inside the cup before adding moss over the top. I then took some of the Pen Nibs and attached them to skewers, which cut down to size. I added some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint to the nibs and on one of them, I dipped it into a small amount of Black Soot paint. The paint brush is an old brush, which I snipped the end off and then added some Antiqued Bronze paint to the metal before dipping the brush into Mustard Seed Distress Paint.
I stuck my nibs and brush into the foam and added a couple of vellum flowers and some linen ribbon. To complete the cup, I added a vial label and used the word "discover" from the Words Remnant Rub set.
For the next embellishment, I used one of the small idea-ology Glass Corked Dome and added the Alpha Dice to spell out "ART". Once the dome was sealed with a small amount of Collage Medium, I then inked the glass with Mushroom Alcohol Ink to create a more worn effect. The camera hasn't really picked that up too well, as the reflection on the glass was crazy but I hope you can just about see it!
I added a vellum flower, some moss and a couple of punched laurel leaves to the top of the dome as a finishing touch.

After attaching the cup and the dome to the inside of my box, I then added some more moss and the remaining flowers around the base.
To complete my box, I used a Faucet Knob, which I didn't screw into the box but actually stuck to the top using a small amount of Glossy Accents. I coloured the knob with some Gilding Wax, which gives this wonderful tarnished look.
For my finishing touch, I added the mini plaquette!
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project and that you love the finished piece!

As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....


Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx


Products used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Tiny Tattered Florals
Distress Paint: Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Black Soot, Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze
Distress Spray Stains: Antique Linen
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Big Shot
Moss, cheesecloth, stamens, skewers and paint brush from my own stash

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