Monday, 20 June 2016

Tailor Made...

Hello everyone! Can you believe how fast these weeks are flying? It's crazy to think that we're already in the third week of June and at the moment, Christmas has arrived here in the craft room! Yes, can you believe I've already started working on my first Christmas commissions...eek, we haven't even had summer yet!!!

Anyway, back to today and as always on a Monday, it's time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, the theme is PATTERNED PAPERS! Now, if you're like me, patterned papers are usually for stroking and looking at, BUT....there are so many beautiful papers out there and hopefully you will be brave enough to break into that stash and use them and we can't wait to see what you create!

As for my project, well...I was spoilt for choice but decided to use one of my favourite all time paper collections from Tim Holtz ~ Dapper and I went with the theme of the papers and chose to alter a box and create my own little tailor's shop! There's plenty of photos to show all the detail and I hope you'll enjoy this visit...


...and here's how I created this project!
To begin with I took an old chocolate box which was perfect for what I needed as it had the lid attached to create a side opening. I covered the entire box with a coat of black gesso and allowed this to dry before dry brushing individual layers of Faded Jeans, Antiqued Bronze, Black Soot and Ground Espresso Distress Paint over the surface. Allow each of the layers of paint to blend with the previous layer creating a beautiful textured effect to the surface. To complete the box, I used my fingertip to apply Tarnished Brass Distress Paint around the edges, as I wanted to create a worn, vintage look to the overall project.
Once all the paintwork was dry, I then chose a selection of patterned papers from the Dapper Paper stash. I measured and cut each panel of paper to fit onto my box, inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and then attached them to the inside and outside of the painted box.
On the inside of the box, I also measured and cut a piece of linen from the Textile Surfaces pack. The linen is self adhesive and all you need to do is peel of the back and apply to your project ~ I inked the edges before attaching my piece to the back wall.
At this stage, I also added a small box inside to create the look of a drawer section. I created this box from a piece of card, then painted it with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso Distress Paints to create the look of faux woodgrain. I also added a metal label pull, complete with Big Chat sticker.
Next stage was to decorate the front cover and for this, I began by using the large Stitched Rectangle die to die cut some canvas paper and applied a coat of Old Paper Distress Paint over the top. Once dry, I added some more colour using Set 3 of the Distress Crayons and then used a piece of kitchen towel to dab Pumice Stone Distress Ink ~ this created a worn look to the paper which I loved. I then used the Dapper Die to die cut black and a dark pink felt, (this die is fantastic as you can use both the negative and positive pieces that are cut. For my project I used the inner sections). I stuck my felt die cut pieces onto the painted panel, inked around the edges and then matted it onto burlap before attaching the completed panel to the front of my box.
Apply enamel dots to the top left and right hand corners of the panel and then I added Gilded Rub Ons to the bottom corners.

As a finishing touch to the front section, I added a Quote Band which I altered with Copper Alcohol Ink and added some blue twine.
To complete the box, I added two Prima metal plaque studs down the spine.
I also added a small metal embellishment, again altered with copper alcohol ink to the top of my box. this was to represent a bell as every good tailor shop needs a bell so that you can enter.
Now for the fun part of bringing this project to life and adding all those little embellishments...please step inside!
I added a small corked vial full of 28 Lilac Lane buttons and also scattered a few on the shelf together with a safety pin.
I created the inside of my pocket watch using the Gears Thinlit die to die cut foil card, which I then inked with alcohol ink, a min sprocket gear embellishment and then for the touch of reality, I added some real watch hands that I had in my stash.
Then we have some cotton spools, again these were in my stash but I painted them with Ground Espresso Distress Paint and wrapped some white cotton around them before attaching decorative pins.
The little tape measure that you can see, well that's created from the papers in the paper stash...I just coiled it around a pencil and added it to the arrangement.

To complete this side of the box, I attached a wonderful image to the back wall that can be found in one of the Tim Holtz Ephemera sets (so sorry, mine are all a bit mixed up and I couldn't tell you which one it is).
...for the door section, I added some Thrift Store Ephemera pieces as a background and layered these with more tape cut from the paper stash and some Dapper Design Tape.
I also attached some pieces of Eclectic Elements fabric, which I attached to a couple of small hanger charms, hung on a hitch fastener.
To complete the box, I added buttons, wooden embellishments and an old safety pin.
 
I absolutely loved creating this project and I hope you enjoyed the creative process!

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: Dapper, Thinlits Gears
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap
Collage Medium
Alcohol Inks: Copper
Blending Tool
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Cotton spools, Decorative Pins, Box and safety pins all from my own stash

Monday, 13 June 2016

All Around The World...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, the theme is ~ WORLD TRAVELER!

There are so many interpretations of this theme and so many wonderful products that you can use ~ the world is your oyster and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I created a trip around the world using products from Tim Holtz to create a freestanding globe sitting on a cube decorated with stamped images.

To begin with I created the cube. I used the 3D cube die from Sizzix to make mine from mount board which would create a nice solid base for the globe to sit on. Once the basic cube was constructed, I gave it a coat of gesso to prime the surface before painting it with Black Soot Distress Paint. Where the paint was thoroughly dry, I dry brushed each of the edges with Tarnished Brass Paint to create a worn, vintage look.

I wanted my cube to stand on little feet, so for this I used small cotton spool painted with Gold Rush Alchemy Paint. I then added small metal embellishments to each cotton spool and attached them to the base of my cube.

Setting the cube aside, I moved onto the stamped panels. I cut five panels of manila card, each panel measuring approx 7.5cm square. I applied Antique Linen, Picket Fence, Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress Stains to my craft sheet and spritzed the stain with water before swiping each piece of card through the colour, picking up all the stain.

Heat dry the card.

Take four panels of the stained card and using the CityScapes stamp set, stamp a different city onto each panel, placing the stamp across the bottom of the square. I coloured the images using Pumice Stone and Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker Pens and then spritzed over the top of the card using the Pumice Stone pen in the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool.

Next, I used stamps from the Correspondence stamp set and stamped different images onto each panel. I also added some Rub Ons to a couple of the panels. I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added some gold foiling around the edge of each panel. Once I was happy with each panel, I attached them around the four sides of my cube.




For the top of the cube, I used the final panel but inked through the stencil using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I inked the edges of the panel, added foil highlights and then added a few flicks of paint and some Gilded Rub Ons. Attach the panel to the top of the cube.
You now have your completed base section and can move onto creating the freestanding globe.
For this, I started by cutting Manila card stock using the Globe die. After removing the globe from the die, I then spritzed the shape with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stains. (At this stage, there will be some residual spray on the craft sheet and I mopped all this up using Crinkle Ribbon which I will then use later). Heat dry the die cut. I then wanted a slight shimmer to the globe and for this I used the Antique Bronze Mica Spray before heat drying the card again.

I wanted to mount the globe onto a piece of card and decided the rough terrain of the land would look fabulous set against the shimmer of a blue sea. So for the background of the globe, I used Foil card stock and cut a circle the same size, (you can trace around the outside edge of the globe for this). I then used Pool and Aqua Alcohol inks and pounced the ink over the surface of the foil card.

Attach the globe over the top of the alcohol inked card using foam pads. Then using the Splatter Brush, flick Picket Fence Distress Paint across the surface of the globe.
For the base of the globe, I used another cotton spool, slightly larger in size than the ones I used for the feet. I painted the spool to create a wood effect using various shades of brown distress paints. I then added a wooden stirrer that I got from Starbucks and painted this in the same shade of brown as the spool and attached the stirrer to the hole down the centre of the spool. Ensure that the stirrer is stable and will not move!!!
Attach the die cut globe to the wooden stirrer, creating the effect that it is suspended on the cotton spool. I also painted the back of the globe to create a wooden effect and to make sure it looks great from all angles! I also added a small metal star to mark the USA on the map!
Take the crinkle ribbon that you dyed earlier with the stains and tie this around the spool.
I attached the spool to one of the gorgeous new metal gears, which I painted with some more of the a mix of Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze and I then attached the globe to the top of my cube.
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: Globe
Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence, Cityscapes
Distress Ink: Walnut StainFrayed Burlap
Distress Marker Pens: Cracked Pistachio, Pumice Stone
Blending Tool
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Cotton spools, mount board and 3D cube die from my own stash

Monday, 6 June 2016

Summertime And The Living Is Easy...

Hello everyone and if you hadn't already noticed then...yay, I'm back!!

Firstly I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Lorraine and all my teamies for their support...you are the best and to each and everyone of you who have taken the time to leave me such lovely get well messages. It really was a horrendous experience and one I NEVER want to repeat but on a good note, even though I don't recommend this diet, lol...I did lose the few extra pounds that I had gained over the winter!

Anyway, back to the day job and to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge where we have a brand new challenge starting today which is all about a Summer Garden. The team are also showcasing PaperArtsy products this week and I hope you love how I used Fresco Finish paints to create a shabby background for my vintage summer garden canvas!


and here's how I created this piece...
To begin with I took an 8" square pre-gessoed canvas. I wanted to create the look of worn wood on my background so started by applying a layer of French Roast Fresco Finish Paint over the entire surface of the panel.

Once the paint was dry, I then applied the Crackle Glaze using a palette knife and adding it over the top of the darker layer, applying it to random areas of my canvas ~ I didn't want an all over crackle, just subtle hints! Once this is dry, (and it can be gently dried with a heat gun to speed up the process if you're a bit impatient like me), I added a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish, which I mixed with a small amount of Taupe Fresco Finish. Apply the paint all over the canvas and then sit back and watch the crackle appear!
I thoroughly dried the paint before moving onto the next stage of building up those background layers. For this, I began by adding some torn Tissue Wrap to random areas of the painted panel, attaching them with Collage Medium. I then dry brushed a small amount of paint over the top, using my fingers to blend the paint seamlessly into the background.  Once I was happy, I then went in with my Distress Crayons from Set 3 and also a touch of Peeled Paint, building up layers of colour to create the shabby feel I wanted. I added some Black Soot Crayon around the edge, again blending them out with my fingers before using an old credit card to create paint scratches with gesso.

After a few flicks of Distress Paint and wrapping some twine around the centre, my background was complete!

Now to create the centrepiece...
...and for this I began by die cutting two panels of chipboard using the Crosshatch die, which I LOVE!! I gessoed the chipboard before applying a coat of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top. Once the paint layer was dry, I added some highlights of colour using the Distress Crayons and also added flecks of shimmer using the gold foil sheets from the Vintage Foil Transfer set.
For the panel that is set in the middle, I used the largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut a panel of manila card, inked around the edges with Distress Ink and then mounted it onto a panel of kraft card. I then used the slightly smaller Stitched Rectangle die to die cut a piece of canvas paper. I painted the paper using the same Fresco Finish colours as I did for the background, Snowflake White and Taupe and allowed the paper to dry before adding more depth using Distress Crayons. Once I was happy, I flicked Black Soot and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over the paper and then mounted it onto my larger panel, adding some Dapper Design Tape to create a frame around the small inset.
I then attached my Crosshatch panels to the back of the matted rectangles and used foam pads to mount the panel onto the centre of my canvas.
For the roses, I used both stamps from the Lady Rose stamp set which I stamped onto watercolour card, watercoloured with Distress Marker Pens and then fussy cut. I also stamped the roses a second time, coloured each of them before cutting them out to layer over the top to create dimension.
I attached each of the rose pieces onto my central panel, attaching them to cascade down the lefthand side.
To complete the panel, I punched three butterflies from the Wallflower Vellum stash ~ you can see that I punched three separate pieces for each butterfly and then layered them to create a soft, floaty feel.
As a finishing touch, I added an Occasions Small Talk sticker ~ I just thought this quote was perfect for this piece and a few sparkly 28 Lilac Lane sequins from the Neutral set!!
I love how this project turned out and hope you enjoyed the creative process...
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: Crosshatch Frame, Stitched Rectangles
Tim Holtz Stamps: Lady Rose
Tim Holtz Sizzix Punches: Large Butterfly
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap
Distress Crayons: Set 3 and Peeled Paint
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints: Snowflake White, French Roast, TaupeCrackle Glaze
28 Lilac Lane: Neutral Sequins Tin


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