Monday, 24 July 2017

Challenge The World...

Hello friends! Another week has flown by in a blink of an eye and I hope you all had a good one and a great weekend!

Today is the start of the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ~ YOU'VE GOT THE EDGE! So whether you choose to distress the edges of your projects with inks, a paper distresser or use machine stitching or matting and layering...we want you to focus your attention on the edges of your projects and hope you'll join us and play along with this fun theme!

This week, I interpreted the theme by using Grit Paste on the edges of my panel to recreate the look of rust and the actual inspiration for this project came from Banksy, an artist whose face we've never seen but who uses the power of his art to express his thoughts and opinions!


So, it's time for a new challenge and this is how I created this panel...

To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper from my stash to measure, 24 x 18cm. I then applied a coat of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint over the entire surface and allowed it to dry before adding some more depth to the background by using Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn and Black Soot Distress Crayons, just blending out the colour with my fingers.

Now for the edges! I started by colouring the Grit Paste with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and then, using my finger I smeared on the smallest amounts of the coloured paste around the edges, building it up in some areas and applying the teeniest amounts in others. Once the paste was dry, I then sanded it back slightly before adding some more rusty tones using Rusty Hinge Distress Crayon and a small amount of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax.
Once I was happy with the background colour and the edges, I added a few paint scratches using gesso before flicking gesso and Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface. Blast the entire surface with a heat gun to dry everything throughly.

Next step is to start building up those layers and to begin, I used torn strips of tissue tape, which will be the base. I then added a ruler adornment, cut so that I got a strip two thirds long and a second strip the remaining third.
I aged the rulers using Vintage Collage Medium and the Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Crayons and then attached them over the top of my torn tissue tape section, layering them with Collector Ephemera pieces all appertaining to art. At this stage, I used the Black Soot Distress Crayon to add shadows around the ephemera pieces.
Stamp the word "art' on the left of the cluster of layered pieces, using the foam stamps dipped into white acrylic paint and at this stage, I also added a couple of Clippings stickers above and below the word art, so that it would read ~ Make Good Art, Challenge The World.
The next stage is to create the stamped focal point and I began by stamping the main image of the dapper gentleman onto a die cut circle of card. I then coloured the image with Distress Marker Pens before inking around the edges with Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. I then stamped the Painter's Supplies logo onto a separate piece of card and water coloured this image before cutting it out. Attach foam pads to the centre back of the logo and then attach the banner across the empty face of the gentleman, allowing the centre to be curved and raised.
Attach four Hex Fasteners to the outside of the circle.
To create the dimension on this project, I then attached a paint brush, (I aged the paintbrush using gesso on the handle and some Alchemy Waxes on the metal section before dipping the brush itself into the gesso and allowing it to dry) placing it vertically down the centre of my arrangement and then using foam pads, I built up the pads on the back of the stamped circular image to achieve the correct height for me to attach the image over the top of my layered pieces and some sisal fibres, allowing it to lie flat but be supported at every point.
I then attached some Sprocket Gears, just poking them into the layers.
Finally, I added a couple of Star Adornments, an ephemera piece in the top left hand corner and then matted my finished project onto a piece of chipboard that I painted black before highlighting the edges with Old Brass Alchemy Wax.
...and that completes my project for this week! A really dimensional layered piece with textured edges made from coloured Grit Paste.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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 stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Get Hip For Summer...

Hello everyone...

I'm just dropping by today to share another Hipster card that I created for the Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Get Hip For Summer" challenge! The challenge ends tomorrow, 21st if you're quick, you still have time to join in all the fun!

For this card, my Hipster is one who travels the world and is a bit of a chick about town! He wears a smart suit, cool sunglasses and there's not a hair out of could say, Billy the Chick (named after Billy Idol because he reminded me of him) the smartest dude around!
As you can see there's lots of layers and dimension to this card and I used plenty of Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies to create the background for my chick.
I combined the Hipster die and stamp set to create my layered image which I coloured with Distress Marker Pens. The sunglasses frames are die cut from black card and then I added acetate coloured with an alcohol marker to create the glass.
The background for the card is made using the Newsprint stamp from Tim Holtz and coloured with Distress Crayons. I then matted it onto different layers of card and corrugated card before mounting it onto my card blank.

I cut the Mini Globe from gold Metallic Kraft Stock and then applied alcohol ink over the top to make it look more worn and shabby.
For the wording I used the Traveler Word Dies from the Metallic Kraft stock and then alcohol inked the positive section of the panel before matting it onto gold Deco Sheets. I then added the brighter gold lettering back into place, which just gave it a nice contrast!
To complete the card, I layered all the die cut elements onto my stamped background adding ephemera piece, dyed cheesecloth and some idea-ology pieces ~ Sprocket Gears and the camera from the Souvenir Adornment Set.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed meeting and getting to know Billy The Chick!
See you again soon...Emma x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ticket To Ride...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week our theme is called ~ Get In Shape and the team have created some wonderful projects to inspire you to create something shapely! You could create something 3D, a box or folder for example, or you could create a card with 3D elements or a fitness theme. Whatever you decide to make, we will be looking forward to seeing it!

I had such a great time working on my project this week and created a fun piece in the vintage style that I love so very much, co-ordinating products from Tim Holtz to build up the dimension for my little Hay Ride cart...
...and here's how I created this project!
To begin with I took my Vignette Box and covered it with some pretty paper from the Memoranda paper stash. I measured each side of the box, cut the pieces to size and then adhered them using Collage Medium. 
Once the papers are dry, I then took some of the designer tapes and with the box facing upwards, I began by adding some tape from the French set, along the top edges of the box. Using a different tape, this time I chose the ruler tape from the Aristocrat set, I then added this along the outside edges of the box and down each of the corner sections.
Next comes the pulley wheels and for this, I used the smaller sized wheels and gave them a coating of Rust Paste ~ remember to do this on the back and front, as you will see both and when adding the paste, ensure that none of it interferes with the turning of the wheels. 
Allow the paste to dry before attaching the wheels to the undercarriage of the box. To attach the rusty wheels, you will probably need longer screws than the ones provided or if you're like me, I just stuck them with some superglue and they are so secure, they won't be going anywhere!
To complete the outside of my box, I added Hitch Fasteners to each corner of the carriage...
...and a couple of Ring Fasteners, again attaching these with a small amount of superglue and then attached a piece of rope through the holes and tying it into a knot to secure.
For the final detail, I added a Clippings Sticker to the front section.

Now to move onto the inside and for this I began by making my flowers. For these flowers, I used vellum, which gave them such a beautiful look to the petals. To colour the vellum I chose, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey for one set and Picked Raspberry and a small amount of Spiced Marmalade for the second colour way. Spritz the vellum with the Distress Spray Stains and at this point the vellum will curl, don't worry but once you give it a blast of heat, it straightens out again. Once you have your coloured vellum,  I then used the Small Tattered Florals die to die cut each piece, cutting between 4 and 5 layers for each flower. Once all my pieces are die cut, layer them up to create the flowers, shaping the petals to create a more realistic feel.
For the centres, I applied a small amount of Glossy Accents and then sprinkled them with Micro Beads. Set your flowers aside to dry.
Because the boxes are quite deep, I added some foam pieces to the inside which allowed me to have a base to work on. I then cut a piece of scrap card, the same size as the inside of the box, applied a layer of 3D Matte Gel over the top of the card and then sprinkled Art Stones over the top. Allow everything to set and harden before painting the stones with Pumice Stone Distress Paint and then attaching the panel over the top of the foam on the inside of the box.
Now for the fun part, building up my little scene and to begin with I applied a layer of sisal fibres and moss to my stone base. I then attached my flowers over the top of the moss before adding my paper doll. To give some stability to the figure, I attached a cocktail stick to the back of the doll and then poked him into the foam.
Finally I added an ephemera piece, attached to a Memo Pin.
To complete the cart and add some detail at the back, I used a small offcut of mirror card which I inked with alcohol ink before attaching the numbers from the gold alpha metallic set. I then applied a Fragment piece over the top, using Glossy Accents to secure it into place before attaching it to the back of my little cart....
...and I hope you love the finished piece, just as much as I loved creating it!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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 stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon...

Hello friends...

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! It's been eventful here to say the least but this afternoon, I intend to chill out, relax and cheer on Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon!

But before all that happens I have a few things to catch up on and I also wanted to drop by to share a fun project that I've created for the Hipstermania that's been happening over on the Sizzix blog. There is still time to join in, you have until the 21st July and for all the details you can read all about this fun "get hip for summer" promotion over on Tim's blog ~ HERE!

As soon as I saw this image, I couldn't get The Kink's song ~ Sunny Afternoon out of my head and decided to go with a project inspired by the lazy, hazy days of summer and an English Country gent (or in this case, a and created a vignette box using plenty of Tim Holtz products, combined with the Hipsters Stamp and co-ordinating die set.
The image was stamped onto Mixed Media Heavyweight card and then watercoloured with Distress Marker Pens before being die cut using the corresponding Sizzix die.
I added my stamped and die cut image onto the front of the vignette box which is covered in papers from the Dapper Paper Stash and attached it over the top of some dyed cheesecloth and some natural foliage.
I also added a quote chip, held in place with a hinge clip that I made nice and rusty with some rust paste.
To complete my box and give a real country gent feel to the whole project, I attached a finial, top and bottom which I coloured using Distress Paints. To add a more vintage feel to the paint, I then applied a small amount of Aged Brass Art Alchemy Wax with my finger tip.

I love the fact that Sizzix and Tim Holtz created the dies for these stamps as it really does allow you to create such fantastic dimension to the images, including the fun glass frames which I placed a small die cut piece of acetate into.
Hope you'll have some time to "get hip for summer" and join in the fun and I hope you love the project I created!
All Tim Holtz products used on this project are available from Simon Says Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll be back with my SSS Monday project tomorrow and another Hip project later in the week!
See you soon and enjoy the tennis!


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