Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Have A Hoot Of A Day ~ my second Guest Designer piece for Sam Poole...

Hello everyone...

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and that the Easter Bunny delivered lots of choccie eggs!!

Today, I'm sharing my second piece as Guest Designer for the lovely Sam Poole and below is a sneaky peek, and this is really a very little peek of what you'll find if you head on over to Sam's blog, HERE.
Thank you so much for visiting today and for all the lovely comments that you left me on my Mr Fox wallhanging below, which was the first piece that I created for Sam and shared last week. I really do appreciate all your lovely comments and kind words.
If you head on over to Sam's blog, then you can read all about how I created this piece and what I used.


So before I go, I would just like to say a very BIG thank you to Sam for having me and for trusting me with her gorgeous designs. It's been so much fun to work with these fab stamps and I hope you've all enjoyed my little creations.

Have a wonderful day everyone and see you very soon...love Emma xxx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ The Big Stamp

Hello friends...

Today, is the start of the brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's all about THE BIG STAMP. So whether you uses it as a background, large image, pattern or maybe just a big stamp pad...we want to see what you create with those big stamps!!

I love text backgrounds but sometimes, even though they may be old and been sitting on the bookshelf forever, I do find it hard to rip up those precious books that I have in my collection...it just seems so wrong. So, I decided to use a gorgeous BIG stamp from Hero Arts to create the background to my card all about love and friendship.

To begin with I applied Iced Spruce, Brushed Corduroy and Antique Bronze Distress Stains to my craft sheet and spritzed it with water before dragging a piece of Manila card through the stains to colour it. I then stamped the gorgeous Hero Arts text onto the card using black Archival Ink. The edges are inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then I aged them by scuffing the edges and creating small rips and tears. To complete the background, I used Black Soot Distress Paint, slightly watered down and flicked small amounts onto the card.
Next, I cut a strip of Crinkle Ribbon and dyed it with Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen Distress Stains. I heat dried the ribbon before I wrapped it around my text background. Finally, I pierced a small hole in the top of the card and attached a Clock Key.
I then used a piece of embossed card from the Pink Paislee Modern Prints Core'dinations card pack and lightly sanded over the raised areas before lightly inking them with Old Paper Distress Ink. Again, I aged the edges of the card, cut it to size and mounted it onto a kraft card blank. I then mounted the text background onto the centre of the covered card blank.
I now needed to create that gorgeous metal heart which I did by adhering Metal Foil tape to Grungepaper and then die cutting the heart using the Sizzix Love Struck die. I then embossed the heart in a Texture Fade and applied layers of Alcohol Ink to the surface. To make my heart look that little bit more old and shabby, I used Black Soot Distress Paint over the top of the inks and then rubbed away the excess, leaving it to puddle in the embossed areas.
I added some Idea-ology Gadget Gears to the centre, together with a Spinner and then attached the heart onto my card blank.
I dyed further strips of Crinkle Ribbon and threaded these through the piece already on my card and tied them into a bow, adding a piece of Paper String in the centre. Finally, I inked another piece of Manila card and then stamped the quote from the Wendy Vecchi, Lovely Art stamp set and mounted this onto my card.

So, I really hope you've enjoyed the process of how I made this card and that you loved what I've shared today. As always, for 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....
Products used:

Distress Stain ~ Antique Bronze, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen
Distress Inks ~ Walnut Stain and Picked Raspberry


Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for now...love Emma xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter...

Hello everyone...

It's a flying visit from me today to wish all my lovely friends and followers, new and old....a very Happy Easter!! Thank you so much for supporting me and my work during the first few months of 2014!! There's been a few changes to design teams since the start of the year and I'm really enjoying the wonderful new journey that I'm on, I'm having an absolute blast but...I couldn't do any of this without all my blogging buddies who make all the hard work so worthwhile. I really do appreciate all the lovely comments that you leave me and I can't wait to get to know all my new followers...

I also wanted to take the opportunity to share a card that I created for Easter using the gorgeous Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments paper collection, and that was featured in the April issue of Making Cards Magazine. As always, there's lots of photos for you to see all the detail of this project and you can buy back issues of the magazine, to see how I created it! So, I hope you enjoy looking at this piece, as much as I enjoyed making it!!
As I mentioned the papers and stamped message are from the Sweet Sentiments collection and I used Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die from Sizzix to create those spring blooms.
...and the Easter Egg opens up to reveal a pocket and a message label for you to write your message on.





Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that the Easter Bunny leaves you all lots of choccies!!
See you all on Monday for my latest Simon Says Stamp project...happy weekend!!
Love Emma xxx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Fantastic Mr Fox and the first of my Guest Design pieces for Sam Poole...

Hello everyone...

Last month, my lovely friend, the very talented Sam Poole asked me to Guest Design for her and of course, without hesitation I said 'yes'!! When I received my stamps, I just fell in love with them and today, I'm excited to be sharing a sneaky peek of the first of my projects that I made using the gorgeous Woodland Animals.

If you like this little peek, then I hope you'll pop over to Sam's blog, HERE to see this piece in all it's glory and I hope you love what I've created...

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for leaving all the lovely comments that you do, whether it be here on my blog or over on Facebook or Twitter. I really do love reading them and appreciate every single word!

See you Tuesday, 22nd April for my next project which will be a "hoot"....(sorry, but I couldn't resist leaving a little clue, lol)

Love Emma xxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wonderland...

Hello friends....

Hope you're all having a wonderful week and enjoying the sunshine that we have at the moment! It's been another busy week here at Chez Williams' and Mr Mojo has been a busy little bee thinking up lots of new ideas for new projects to show you over the coming weeks and I can't wait for you to see them all...

In the meantime, I've had a few questions about a current project that is in the May issue of Making Cards Magazine, asking if it would be possible for me to show the project in full and also, to show the cover of the book. Well, your wish is my command and below is each individual page of my Alice In Wonderland star book...

...and if you feel inspired to create it, and it is such a fun project to create...then there is a full tutorial that I wrote in the current issue of Making Cards, available now at Tesco, WHSmith and many, many other places. The magazine is also now available as a digital issue for your tablet.

So, grab a cuppa and I hope you enjoy my photos of the project and don't forget that you can read all about it in Making Cards Magazine, where it has a full stockist list of where to get these gorgeous Alice papers from.

Front cover of the book.

The star book opened out into a star
Page by page of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland






The current issue of the May issue of Making Cards, available now with full tutorial.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I really hope that you love my little creation.
See you all tomorrow, when I hope you will pop back to see a project that I'm very excited to be sharing...my lips are sealed until the morning!!!
Bye for now and have a lovely day...love Emma xxx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Winged Things

Hello everyone...

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend and ready for the start of a new week. Of course, as always on a Monday, it means the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this challenge is called WINGED THINGS and was suggested by my lovely friend and team member Tracy. So, what will you create for our theme? Will you add fairy wings to something? Use a favourite bird stamp? Create a tag featuring a spring theme? There are so many possibilities and we can't wait to see what you will make.

For my piece this week, I was inspired by the lyrics to the wonderful song, Come Fly With Me. When I was little, my Dad used to play this all the time, it was one of his favourite albums, and songs and I think the Sinatra magic must've rubbed off onto me too as now, this has become one of my favourites too.

So, without further ado ~ here's how I made this wallhanging...influenced by a song.
To begin with I cut a piece of corrugated card to size, making it slightly larger than a size 8 tag. I then tore away some of the surface of card to reveal the corrugation and applied a layer of gesso over the top. I then took my size 8 manila tag and a size 5 tag and swooshed it through some Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen Distress Stains that I applied to my craft sheet to pick up the colour of the stains. Once I dried the tag, I then added some layers of ink by spritzing it through the Honeycomb layering stencil using a Tumbled Glass Marker Pen in the Tim Holtz spritzer. To complete the background of the tag, I added some white paint using a lid of the Distress Paints, inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added some tissue tape. Finally, I stamped the wording from the Bird Feather stamp set down the left hand side.
Next, I used the Cardinal die from Sizzix and die cut the image from Grungeboard. I then slightly adapted the bird, by snipping into it to create a different shaped head and I added a wing. I then painted the bird and the branch using Distress Paints. I used the Tattered Flower Garland die to create my small dimensional blossoms, which are coloured using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and added these to the branches together with leaves from the die, popping small pearls into the centres of each flower. 

I attached the bird and branch onto my tag, then used Chit Chat stickers to create the lyrics and added an Idea-ology arrow. I mounted the tag onto my corrugated background, leaving a small space on the right hand side, which is where the surprise element will be later added. 
To complete the tag, I used the Pediments die to die cut chipboard, painted with Distress Paints and added to the top, together with a Light Bulb.
The next stage is to make that surprise, fun little element and for this, you will need to use the inked size 5 tag and with the tag placed horizontal, just tear away the edge of it. Ink the edges and then stamp that wonderful quote from Tim Holtz onto it. 
I then dyed crinkle ribbon using the Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen stains and die cut some gorgeous feathers, again inked in the same colours as the ribbon and attached these to the centre of the bow.

Finally, my little birdie needed a friend to fly away with...so, for this I used the Mini Birdcage and Bird die and die cut some chipboard. I painted the birdcage silver using an Adirondack Paint Dabber, then embossed it with clear powder to give a molten metal finish. I coloured the small bird with Distress Paints and then attached it to the cage. 
I then attached the whole cage using a swivel clip to my bow, to create this gorgeous little charm to hang down.
Last but not least, I added Hinge Clips, which I coloured using Treasure Gold to my corrugated card and then threaded through some wire to act as a hanger.
So, I really hope you've loved what I've shared today and for 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....
Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps ~ Bird Feather and Matter Most
Distress Stain ~ Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen
Distress Inks ~ Walnut Stain and Picked Raspberry
Layering Stencils ~ Honeycomb
Manila Tags ~ Size 5Size 8
Adirondack Paint Dabber Snow Cap and Silver Metallic Paint
Tim Holtz Light Bulbs, cheesecloth and pearls from my own stash

Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for now...love Emma xx


Friday, 11 April 2014

Spring Blooms...

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina
Happy Friday...

It's just a flying visit and a quick post from me today, as it's another busy day here at Chez Williams' and the old Big Shot is being used to it's maximum potential as I make lots of new and exciting samples and creations that I can't tell you about yet but you will see them very soon!! But in the meantime, I wanted to share some more cards that I created for the Craftwork Cards Pick of the Day that was on Ideal World and Create and Craft last week.

As always, I hope you love the cards I made...
I think these papers are absolutely perfect for all your spring cardmaking and would be wonderful to make Easter cards with and as you all know I love creating dimension on my work...so, for this first card, I added an extra dimension by die cutting an aperture in the centre and covering the inside and the outside of the card. It just makes it a little bit different and gives such a lovely finished look.

The second card uses the same paper but in a different colourway and it really does change the overall look of the card. I added the die cut flowers around the central message to complete it.



That's it from me for today but I hope you all have a wonderful day and let's hope after the beautiful sunny day we had yesterday, the sun decides to make another appearance!!

Thank you for stopping by and thank you for all your continued support and the lovely comments you leave...have a great weekend everyone!

Bye for now....love Emma xxx

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