Monday, 18 March 2019

Love Within My Heart....

Hi everyone...

Firstly, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been messaging me to ask if I was ok because lots of you have noticed that I've been MIA for the last three weeks! Well, I have had a little bit of a rough patch because a few weeks ago I tore a muscle in my neck, and stupidly I didn't listen to my body and tried to carry on, causing my neck and throat to go into spasm! To cut a very long and painful story short and because of a few complications along the way, it meant that I had to step away from my craft table for a while and allow the spasm to heal and let my neck sort itself out but anyone who knows me, knows that you can't keep me down for long and once the boredom set in...I decided I needed to craft! So, I'm back...and under the doctor's strict orders, I'm taking things very slowly for the next few weeks but so excited to be rejoining my lovely teamies for this week's brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week's theme is all about MINIATURE/TINY THINGS and for my project, I decided to create a Trinket Tin, packed full of tiny details! Here in the UK, Mother's Day is just around the corner and the inspiration behind this piece came from a Mother's love and I wanted to make something that would be a tribute to all the wonderful Mum's out there and one in particular, my beautiful Mum!
So let's begin ~ it's time for this week's project!

I started by prepping the tin and making it look as if it was even more vintage in appearance than it already was ~ to do this I, or should I say I got a trusty assistant to use a hammer and knock some dents in it. Once I was happy I then took over and started to create some crackle onto the outside of the tin...I usually add a coat of clear gesso over the surface so that the crackle doesn't peel off and once the gesso was dry, I used a palette knife to apply some Ranger Ink Crackle Texture Paste over random areas of the tin, smearing it onto the back and sides. I allowed for the crackles to appear and the paste to dry before moving onto the next stage and adding some colour to the paste. 
For this I took Black Soot, Evergreen Bough and Walnut Stain Distress Paints, applying them lightly over the top of the surface and then lightly spritzing the surface with a mist of water, allowing the paints to blend and the colours to sink into the crackles. 

Dab away any excess water or paint.

Now it's time to decorate the inside and starting on the lid on the left hand side, I cut a panel of Worn Wallpaper the same size as the inside. I then lightly sanded the surface and machine stitched a border around the outside. To create the ripped paper around the outside of the panel, I cut two pieces from an old book page, slightly larger in size than the tin and then using Matte Collage Medium, I adhered them inside the lid, allowing the edges of the book page to crinkle and tear and just create a frame around the outside. I then placed the panel of worn wallpaper over the top, again adhering it over the top of the book page with Matte Collage Medium.
Moving onto the base section of the tin, I lined the inside with more of the sanded Worn Wallpaper and adhered another panel on the back wall, again adding a machine stitched border around the edge.
Setting the tin aside to dry thoroughly, I started creating the embellishments to fill the inside...

I machine stitched around the beautiful Photo Booth image which is taken from the brand new set from Tim Holtz and used one of a Mother and Daughter which I then layered onto some gold metallic kraft stash, leaving a border around the outside. To strengthen the photo, I placed some chipboard onto the back before attaching it onto a Memo Pin and adding a Clippings Sticker ~ Within My Heart.
I then used a Thimble which I aged with a little Evergreen Bough paint and then smeared Picket Fence Paint over the top to accentuate the design on the metal. I then placed a small piece of oasis foam into the thimble, secured into place with some Collage Medium and placed the photograph in the centre before arranging and attaching moss around the outside.

I completed the little thimble pot with some flowers taken from the Bouquet Findings and coloured with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. I added some Platinum Stickles to the centres of each flowers.

I attached the pot to the base of the tin and added some Baubles/Pearls around the outside ~ some of the pearls are coloured with Mushroom Alcohol Ink, some with Aqua and some I kept white.
On the opposite side, I used one of the Mini Pocket Watches, altered with a little Mushroom and Rust Alcohol Ink and lined with some linen and then filled this with some ephemera ~ buttons, bouquet findings and a little Clippings Sticker, "Love".
I placed the watch and a small key on some chain and then added some hand dyed ribbon around the neck before hanging it from a Hitch Fastener attached to the lid using Collage Medium.
As a finishing touch, I added a small decorative knob from the Mini Hardware Findings to the top, once again altered with Evergreen Bough and Picket Fence Distress paint and a light touch of Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
Finally, using some more of the ribbon that I had hand dyed using Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen Distress Spray and wrapped it around the hinged part of the tin, tying it around the back with a simple knot and then attaching a Story Stick, No.365....
...and a heart taken from the Treasures Adornments.
So that completes my project for this week, celebrating all those amazing ladies in our lives ~ our precious Mum's and I hope you'll be inspired by the ideas and maybe create a keepsake tin of your own!
Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Distress Paint: Black SootPicket FenceWalnut StainEvergreen Bough
Distress Spray Stain: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen

Monday, 18 February 2019

The Fairy Garden Wagon...

Hi everyone...

The weekend is over and it seems to have flown by way too fast but to celebrate the start of a brand new week, it's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ~ THINGS WITH WHEELS!

Way back, towards the end of last year when I originally saw this theme, I immediately knew what I wanted to create because this was one of those projects that I'd had in mind for a while but just needed to find the time to create it! The whole project was inspired by one of my favourite series of books from childhood, The Flower Fairies and all that I needed to do was bring my vision and my little vintage fairy wagon to life. So, I'm really excited to share this one and hope you love the project I've made...
So let's begin ~ it's time for this week's project!

To begin with I took two Vignette Panels, the large and second largest in the pack. Using the largest panel first, I covered it with a piece of Worn Wallpaper, leaving a slight border around the edge to reveal some of the wood. I adhered the paper with Matte Collage Medium and then applied a coat of Vintage Collage medium over the top to seal it. Once the medium was dry, I then ran my Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon around the edge, but used a semi dry baby wipe to blend the colour towards the centre.

Taking the second smaller panel, I ran some Design Tape around the raw edge of the wood and then attached the panel centrally over the top of the larger covered panel.

Taking the Mini Pulley Wheels, I wanted these to look a little rusty so applied some Grit Paste to random areas and allowed it to dry. I then applied Crayons over the paste, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Black Soot and built up the colour to obtain the look of rust before attaching the wheels to base of my Vignette Panels using the Matte Collage Medium. Set the panels to one side to allow to dry and for the wheels to be securely attached.
Moving onto the next section of my wagon, I took the second smallest Vignette Box and flipped it upside down, so the aperture is on the bottom and you have a flat surface to work on. I covered the top and sides with the same design of Worn Wallpaper as I used on the panel and applied the Vintage Collage Medium over the surface.

Using the matching size of Vignette Frame, I prepped the wood with gesso and once it was dry, I painted the frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint. After heat drying the paint, I dry brushed the surface with Ground Espresso Distress Paint, dried it and then applied some more of the Vintage Collage Medium over the top before attaching the painted frame to the top of my box.
To add a real touch of vintage to the box, I then applied some Crackle Texture Paste to the corners, varying the depth of paste to give different sizes of crackle. Once the paste has worked it's magic, I took the Hickory Smoke Crayon and ran it around the edges, blending out the colour with a baby wipe and allowing some of the crayon to sink into the cracks.
I attached the finished box to the panels.
We can now move onto the fun part...decorating the box.

For this I used a variety of different idea-ology pieces and mixed it with a few bits of my own and some natural moss.
The little fairy is taken from Tim's new Baseboard Paper Dolls (if you love making 3D projects and have loved the original paper dolls but found that you needed to strengthen them to become freestanding ~ YOU NEED THESE in your life). I colour tinted her with Distress Marker pens and placed some of the amazing new Transparent Wings on the back before sitting her on a cotton spool. As a finishing touch I added a little sparkle to her hair and attached a Mirrored Star.
The little potted trees behind her are made using the Mini Woodland trees, that I dyed with Peeled Paint Distress Spray before placing them in Thimbles.
I attached the little fairy girl and thimble potted trees to the recess of the framed Vignette Box and then placed natural moss around them, added some vintage mushrooms I found online and placed some bauble findings in amongst the foliage.

I also added moss around the base of the box.
The little butterflies are taken from the Snippets Ephemera set and placed on florists wire, before being attached amongst the arrangement.

The tiny flowers are all snipped off the Bouquet Findings bunches which I had dyed with Milled Lavender Spray.
As a finishing touch all that was needed was my hardware and I added a hitch fastener to either side of the wagon and attached some rope...
...and then placed a Clippings Sticker, The Story Teller into a Metal Label Pull (if you haven't got these, you can use the Mini Hardware Pulls) and attached the pull to the front of the box.
So that completes this week's project and I hope it's inspired you with some ideas of your own, there are so many different themes you can create and I know I'll definitely be making some more wagons because I loved making this one!
Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Distress Paint: Black SootPicket Fence, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso
Distress Spray Stain: Peeled Paint, Milled Lavender
Distress Crayons: Rusty Hinge, Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Lost World...

Hello friends...

Today, I'm back to share my third project from Tim Holtz's Sizzix booth and once again I combined dies from the Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 releases to create my Lost World Framed Panel and I think you'll agree that these dies are a match made in heaven and just work together so well when combined together.
So, let's begin and I welcome you to the lost world of Dino and Rex...
We'll start with the frame and I used one of Tim's Framed Panels which comes in two separate pieces, the backboard and the frame itself. Taking the frame, I applied a coat of gesso over the surface to prep the wood and the edge of the back board and once it was dry, I started to layer the paints to create the look of an old wooden frame.

When layering the paints, I alway dry between layers as you want each paint to appear as an individual colour, not end up with a muddy mess of colours that have all blended together ~ so starting with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, I covered the entire frame and also painted the edges of the back board. Once dry, I then took a paintbrush and picked up a small amount of Black Soot paint from my glass mat, brushing off the majority of the paint onto a clean kitchen towel before dry brushing the frame with paint. Once again, I dried the paint layer and then continued to do this with Antiqued Bronze. If you need to add any of the colours again, just go ahead until you're happy with the look.

Once I'd achieved the colour I wanted I then used my fingertip to add a small amount of Picket Fence Paint which I rubbed over the beading, wiping away any excess paint from the surface. Heat dry thoroughly and then I applied a small amount of gold gilding wax over the top, again this will accentuate the beadwork around the outside of the frame.

We now have both pieces of the frame ready and you can set aside the frame to work on the backboard and create the background for your scene.

For this I cut a panel of paper from the Collage Paper Stash and adhered it to my board using Matte Collage Medium. I also applied a layer of the medium over the top to seal the paper. Once it was dry, I also applied some Design Tape around the edges to create an inner border to my frame ~ this can be any tape of your choice, it doesn't need to be one of a particular design as long as it suits the final scene.

To create the crackled background, I used a palette knife to randomly apply some Crackle Paste ~ just add layers of paste onto the background, varying the thickness to create different sizes of crackle.

Using the Gathered Twigs and Pumice Stone Distress Crayons, I ran each of them around the outside and then using a semi dry baby wipe, I blended the inks over the entire background, allowing some of the colour to sink into the crackles and applying more to areas that needed to be more intense in colour.
When the background is complete and dry, I used Matte Collage Medium to attach my frame to the backboard, placing a heavy book over the top so that it would weight it down and the frame would adhere.

We're now ready to make up the scene and we'll start with the Destination globe, which I LOVE! I've used the original Globe die from Tim in so many of my past projects, so to have this new shape, is going to be so useful and I can see so many possibilities with this die in future projects!

I cut the globe from silver metallic kraft card (keep hold of the piece you die cut as you will need this later) and once the shape was cut, I lightly sanded the edges and surface of the die cut before inking it with Gathered Twigs and applying a light splatter of Black Soot over the top.

Taking the piece of silver card that you kept on one side, place it over the top of a piece of copper metallic card from the 2nd paper stash and using a pencil, trace around the outline of where the Destination piece was cut from. Taking a pair of scissors, I then cut around the pencil line to give me a solid shape that will form the backing to the die cut.
Sand the copper card lightly and again splatter with ink before mounting the silver die cut over the top, using foam pads to add some dimension to the piece.

Moving onto the dinosaurs ~ I used two of the dies from the Prehistoric set, which has 3 dies in total and using a fairly thick piece of card, (I took it from some old packaging), I cut each of the dinosaurs together with all the layered pieces that include the legs, arms and heads and cut them from the card three times. I then layered the pieces over the top of one another to create a really solid figure that has a substantial thickness and when layered, creates dimension to the body. I then applied a layer of gesso over the top ready to paint.
The T-Rex is painted with a combination of Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen and Picket Fence. The Brachiosaurus was painted with Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke, Picket Fence and Cracked Pistachio.

To add some more definition and shading to each dino, I just used Distress Crayons in the same combination of colours. To complete my dinos, I added an eye to each with a little dab of paint.
We can now start to build the scene and after placing the Destination globe in the top right hand corner using foam pads on the back to add some height. I used the Large Funky Floral die to die cut a selection of foliage and twigs, which I arranged along the bottom of the frame together with a piece of driftwood and various types of moss. 
In the photos below, you can see the depth to this project, which is achieved by all the various textures, dies and by using foam tape.

I then placed my dinosaurs onto some more foam pads (I always vary the depths of the pads to add different dimension) and attached Dino and Rex to the scene, standing them on the driftwood piece. To add a little fun element to the piece, I placed some boneyard findings into the moss.

To complete the frame, and all that's left to do is add my title and lettering, which is cut from black card using the Alpha Numeric dies. I placed the Lost World wording in the top left corner, together with a painted star adornment.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and say hello to Dino and Rex today and I'll see you again soon with my 4th project from the Sizzix booth, a sneak peek of which you can see in Tim's video HERE.
 Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:


Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Funky Florals LargePrehistoric, Chapter 2 dies coming soon ~ Alpha Numeric, Destination



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