Friday, 29 August 2014

Make A Wish...

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop by today to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my first tutorial over on Tim Holtz's blog as a member of the Tim Holtz Media Team. I've been blown away by all the lovely comments you've left me on Tim's blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and I really do appreciate every single word! :) Thank you!!!

So, back to today and I'm sharing a couple of cards that I made using the gorgeous By The Sea paper collection from Graphic 45. I was thrilled to have these featured on the front cover of the August issue of Making Cards Magazine, where I also included full instructions on how to make them.

I hope you love what I've made...

On this card, as you can see, I did quite a bit of fussy cutting to create the collection of seashells along the bottom. It does take a while but it creates wonderful embellishments for your cards.

With the exception of the matting and layering card, vintage ribbon, decorative pins and driftwood...all items are from the By The Sea paper collection by Graphic 45.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next Emma xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Best Of Times Tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team

Hello everyone....

Today, I'm really thrilled to be sharing my very first Tim Holtz Media Team tutorial over on Tim's blog.

In this tutorial, I've focused on stamping to create main focal points and backgrounds to create a slider card with a hidden message.

To see the tutorial in full, then head on over to Tim's blog and I hope you'll enjoy the step by step of how I made this card!

Thank you for your visits today and I'll see you soon!
Emma x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Witch-Kraft ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend and you're ready for the week ahead! Today, there is a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's all about WITCH KRAFT!! This challenge was suggested by my talented team member, Sandra and yes, we might be a bit early with this one, but the word play combined with getting a jump on autumn decor and a new colour palette has us eager. What magic will you work with kraft? Or will your project be more witchy? Whether themed or colour based ~ you can hop on your broom and fly a lot of directions for this one!!

But if you're like me and you love Halloween, then I hope my project inspires you! I couldn't resist playing with the new Tim Holtz stamps and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to break open those packets and get inky ~ as always, I hope you love what I've made!

To begin with I applied some Distress Stains to my craft sheet, spritzed them with water and then took a piece of white card and swooshed the card through the stains. I love the random patterns that this technique gives you and for a halloween background, this is perfect! Any droplets of ink that are left on the craft sheet, just mop them up with your card.
I inked up the spider's web stamp with black Archival Ink and then stamped the image in the two corners of my card. Next, I needed to get those pumpkins made and for this, I used the Blueprint stamps, stamped three pumpkins, separately onto water colour card and then painted them, using a water brush and Distress Marker Pens. I cut each pumpkin out and set them aside for later.

I then stamped my absolute favourite image from Tim's Halloween stamps...those three cats and stamped these directly onto my background!
Using foam pads, I attached my painted pumpkins around them, so that it looked as if they were poking up from behind the pumpkins.
I stamped the Happy Halloween message onto another piece of inked card, cut it out and mounted it onto my card, together with some cheesecloth which I tucked underneath the pumpkins.
To complete the scene, I used a die cut pediment, painted with a layer of Inky Pool Fresco Finish Paint, before adding a layer of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze and finishing with a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint. I then popped one of Tim's Idea-Ology Crossbones in the centre.
To complete the card, I matted it onto further card layers and used a white gel pen, I added a white dashed background around the main image.
I really hope you've loved this fun halloween card, as much as I loved making it! As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:
Distress Ink ~ Black Soot
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints ~ Crackle Glaze, Snowflake, Inky Pool 
Idea-Ology ~ Crossbones

Saturday, 23 August 2014

In The Potting Shed with Craftwork Cards

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful week and looking forward to the weekend! Now, if you're like me then I plan to spend my weekend crafting and if you're looking for some new and exciting products, then look no further than the Craftwork Cards Weekender that starts today on Create and Craft!! This is a not to be missed collection and there are so many fabulous new items that Julie Hickey will be demoing live for you throughout today and tomorrow!
As always, all of the Craftwork Cards Design Team have been busy, busy, busy creating some amazing samples and here's a little sneaky peek of what I've made and will share with you very soon!

So, what are you waiting for...grab a cup of coffee and sit down to watch the brand new launch of the The Potting Shed!

See you all on Monday with my latest Simon Says Stamp project.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for dropping by today

Monday, 18 August 2014

Discover Beauty ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Hello everyone...

Another busy week has flown by and another weekend is over but that means it's the start of a new week, new adventures and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, and this week ~ ANYTHING GOES!!

Yes, you can create anything you want and we can't wait to see what you make!

For my project, I created a little mini album inspired by my love of my garden. I absolutely adore making these little albums as keepsakes and as soon as I saw the new Layered Bee from Tim Holtz, I just knew that it would be perfect for this project and for once, it turned out exactly how I envisaged it in my head!!
So, here's how I made it...

To begin with, I took a couple of chipboard covers from We R Memory Keepers and covered both of these with some gorgeous burlap paper from DCWV. I gave the front cover a coat of Gesso and dried it with a heat tool before layering a piece of Tissue Wrap over the top, attaching it with Multi Medium. Once this layer was dry, I added a wash of Distress Paints and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I loved how the edges frayed a little to give that really shabby look to the cover. To complete the basic cover, I then added some Idea-Ology Mini Corners to the front cover.

Now it's time to decorate and for this, I started by using the Honeycomb Framework die and die cut a piece of Grungeboard. I painted the Grungeboard with Distress Paints to give the look of verdigris and then threaded a piece of hand dyed crinkle ribbon through and attached it to my cover, using the mini attacher. I added a bow and then then hung a monocle from a wire pin, which you will see that I added a little Remnant Rub too, then attached the monocle to the centre of the bow and added some decorative pins.
The next step was to create the bee, which is die cut from Grungeboard, then embossed with the Texture Fade. 
I used Distress Paints to colour the bee and then used Black Soot Distress Ink to highlight the embossed areas of the die cut.
I then added the bee to my album cover, slightly shaped the wings to give dimension.
The final touch for the cover was to add some Alpha Parts, Remnant Rubs and a Idea-Ology word band, which I added some colour to using Antique Bronze Distress Paint and attached using Prima Mini Brads.
For the inside, I used some of the papers from the Wallflower Paper Stash and distressed them around the edge using a sanding tool. 
To complete the album, I used DCWV woven paper cardstock to create my pages, kraft tags for me to journal on and added a Stencil Mark Clip to bookmark my pages. I then punched holes into the covers and added eyelets before holding the album together with book rings, aged with Antique Bronze Distress Paint.
So now, all I need to do is fill the album with my precious garden photos and I'm going to have such a wonderful time choosing which ones to feature.
I really hope you've enjoyed this week's tutorial and I've inspired you with my mini album. As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain and Black Soot
Distress Stain ~ Shabby Shutters, Tumbled GlassAntique Linen used to hand dye the ribbon
Ranger Size 8 Manila Tags

Friday, 15 August 2014

My Second Guest Designer Post for Sam Poole ~ Robin Redbreast

Hello everyone...

If you popped by last Friday, you would've seen my first post as a guest designer for my very lovely and extremely talented friend, Sam Poole and I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who commented either here or over on Sam's blog! I had so much fun creating these cards for Sam and today, I am sharing the second of my projects, again using her gorgeous Woodland Christmas stamps and below is a sneaky peek of what you'll find if you head on over to Sam's blog by clicking, HERE!
So, I really hope you'll love what I've created and I can't wait to read your comments!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Bye for Emma xxx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nature's Beauty Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm thrilled to be sharing my first post as a member of the Tim Holtz Media Team and for this post, I used many of Tim's dies to create a home decor piece, to showcase the stunning Layered Dragonfly die.

I love finding ways of taking dies to a whole different level and I also love creating pieces from scratch ~ so, with this in mind, I thought it would be wonderful to create a project that used dies in various ways to create texture and dimension!

To begin with I cut out my basic shapes from chipboard, using the Vintage Cabinet Card Die (3 pieces) and the Mini Cabinet Card Die (4 pieces) to create the aperture frames.
Stick all the die cut frames together to create one solid aperture and coat with a layer of Gesso. Paint the frame with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints to give the appearance and texture of wood.
Die cut a piece of Manila card using the Cabinet Card Die and then, apply Distress Stain to your craft sheet, mist the card and the stains with a little water and swipe the card through the stains to pick up the colour. Heat dry the inked card and then, so not to waste any ink, pick up the remaining droplets of ink from the sheet.
Once the card is dry, attach a layer of Tissue Wrap over the top with Multi Medium.
Attach the covered card to a piece of the die cut chipboard and layer the aperture frame over the top to give you the centrepiece for your project.

Paint a layer of Gesso over the top of the Tissue Wrap and then add random flicks of Black Soot and Tumbled Glass paint. Apply a layer of Texture Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and set aside to dry.
Die cut two pieces of Garden Greens Foliage from Grungepaper and attach the foliage to the two remaining Cabinet Card die cuts using Multi Medium. These pieces will become the side panels to your project. 
Cover the whole die cut with a coat of Gesso. Once completely dry, paint the side panel pieces with the same colours of paint as you used previously on the frame.
Create a base for the project by using three pieces of chipboard, 5" x 1.5" and layer the pieces together to form a thick board. Apply a coat of Gesso to the board before painting it. Attach all the pieces, as shown in the photo below, to form a three panelled display piece. You will notice that I did have a Framework die cut in the photo above and I used this across the back of the piece to give it strength and decoration. At this point, I would give the whole piece a layer of Multi Medium as a sealant and to make it harder wearing.
Now to create that beautiful embossed dragonfly! For this, I used the Layered Dragonfly die and die cut a piece of Grungeboard and a piece of Grungepaper (not shown). I embossed both pieces using the Texture Fade.
Add colour to the body and wings using Distress Paints.
Then, gently heat dry and add a medium layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the top. Leave to dry completely.
Apply Distress Stain over the top of the crackles....
...and allow the stain to settle into all the cracks that have appeared. 
Once the stains are dry, clip the wings of the second Dragonfly, which was die cut from Grungepaper and attach them to the main body of the Grungeboard Dragonfly to give double wings. 
Add the dragonfly to the central panel of your display project, layering it over the top of some cheesecloth stained with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I then added an Idea-Ology Light Bulb to the centre of the body.
Die cut a piece of chipboard using the Pediment die and paint in the same colours as your project. Once dry, attach the Pediment to the top of the central framed section. I then used Distress Paints to give a verdigris effect to one of the gorgeous metal embellishments from the Adornments Nature set and attached it with Multi Medium.
As the final touch I used cotton spools, painted with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and attached two of them to the centre of my project. I then placed a Collections Label Clip onto the shelf.

I really love how you can create so much texture using dies in different ways and hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, just as much as I have loved creating it!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful day and I'll see you again very soon!
Emma xx

Supply List:

Sizzix Alterations Dies: Layered Dragonfly, Cabinet Card Die, Mini Cabinet Card Die, Pediments, Garden Greens.

Paint: Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Picket Fence, Moved Lawn, Antique Bronze, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot; Rock Candy Crackle Paint; Gesso

Embellishments: Idea-Ology Label Clip, Ring Fasteners, Light Bulbs, Adornments Nature.

Ink and Stains: Walnut Stain Distress Ink; Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, Picket Fence and Pumice Stone Distress Ink

Medium: Ranger Multi Medium; Ranger Texture Paste

Layering Stencil: Dot Fade

Surfaces: Grungeboard, Grungepaper, Melange Tissue Wrap

Added supplies from my own stash: Chipboard, Cotton Spools, Cheesecloth


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