Monday, 23 May 2016

Make A Wish Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello friends!
Philip Friedman/Studio D

I just wanted to pop by to say a very big THANK YOU for all your get well messages that you've been sending me after the severe allergic reaction that I suffered! You've all made me feel very special and made me smile with your lovely words and kindness! I am slowly getting there but unfortunately suffered a little setback with medication that I was given for the original reaction but I promise you all I will be back very, very soon! You can't keep this girl away from the craft table that long ~ I need my fix!

Before I go don't forget that there is a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge starting today and this week, the theme is...Make A Wish! 

So, whatever you choose to decide, we can't wait to see what you create and 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....


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Have a wonderful week everyone...love Emma xx

Monday, 16 May 2016

Be Back Soon...


I'm just dropping by today to let you all know about the new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week the theme is FELT IT and the team are showcasing products from the Simon Says Stamp 'Spring Plush' Release. The felt is fabulous quality and the stamps and dies are adorable, CLICK HERE to see the whole release.

If you're wondering where my post is ... well, it's a bit of long story but I've not been too well for the last week after having a massive allergic reaction! At the moment, I kinda resemble an extra from Star Wars...so, I'm having a little break but hope to be back very soon!

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....


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Love Emma xx

Friday, 13 May 2016

Love Heart...

Hello!

As another month whizzes by ~ it's time for another Fun Friday where the Layering Ladies are ready and waiting to share their latest posts over on the Penny Black Blog

Below is a sneaky peek of the card I've made using the Love & Hugs stamp set and this month, I have created a card showing how you don't have to use this stamp set just for Valentine's Day ~ it can be used in an entirely different way, as I showcase here and created just to show someone you care!

If you click HERE you can see the card in it's entirety and I have also provided a pdf file of instructions of how you can recreate this card!
Hope you love what I've made and I can't wait to read your comments!
Thanks for stopping by today and wishing you all a fabulous and creative weekend...love Emma xx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Enjoy Life...

Hello everyone!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and ready for the week ahead! As always on a Monday, I'm here to tell you all about the latest Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week, our theme is ~ EMBOSS IT! There are so many different ways to emboss ~ dry embossing, embossing folders, embossing powder, the choices are endless and we can't wait to see what you create....or you can even create your own raised surfaces to create the look of embossing, which is exactly what I did on my canvas panel and I hope you love the piece that I've created for you!

and this is how I created this project!

To begin with, I took a 9" x 12"media board and I wanted to create texture to my canvas so, I cut a couple of pieces of Plain Tissue Wrap, scrunched the tissue in my hand to create creases and then carefully opened it out. I then attached the scrunched tissue wrap to my canvas, using Collage Medium and moving the tissue around to form this creased effect to the board.
Once dry, I then started to create the raised panel that would create the look of embossing. For this, I used the Crosshatch Frameworks die and cut four panels from chipboard which I then attached to the central area of the canvas with Collage Medium. At this point, I also used some of the little crosses from the die cuts and placed these randomly around the raised panel.

Allow to dry before coating the entire surface with gesso.

When the gesso is thoroughly dry, I started to add my colour using Distress Crayons. I start by scribbling a base colour onto the canvas and blend it out using a baby wipe before then adding layers of colour over the top and just using my fingertips to blend them. The crayons are so beautiful to work with and if you haven't tried them yet, then you must...they are fabulous!

At this stage, I just kept going, adding more crayon where needed and blending them out with my fingers until I was happy with the colour. To complete the background, I flicked some Black Soot and Picked Raspberry Distress Paint across my background and I also used a little watered down gesso and gently flicked that across the surface too. I also used my finger to apply small amounts of gesso to the background.

Once I was happy with the finished canvas, I just added some Black Soot Crayon around the outside.
Now, for the layered elements and for this, you can use whatever you choose ~ how about an old family photo or a photo of a special day...whatever you decide, it will work and will be a wonderful keepsake.

For my photo, I used a image from the Found Relatives pack by Tim Holtz and this worked so well as I wanted to create a fun canvas with a vintage feel to my layered elements.
To begin with I wanted to create even more texture and for this I covered some card with metal foil tape and then embossed the card with the Bullseye Texture Fade. Once I'd done this, I then applied Black Soot and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over the top of the card to create the rusty effect to the metal ~ at this stage, I use a piece of kitchen towel to rub the paint into the raised areas before wiping away any excess.
Allow the paint to dry and then die cut the card using the Mosaic die to create these small panels, that you can see layered onto the background, together with vintage ephemera pieces, the photo and I also used the reverse side of one of the photos, which looks so cool just poking out from behind the main image.
Arrange and attach all the pieces to the background.
I then added some metal Gadget Gears, together with the smaller sprocket gears and applied a small amount of Gilding Wax over the surface of the metal to create a more brassy tone.
Add some colour to the "Enjoy" Flash Card using the crayons and then pop this into the arrangement.
As a finishing touches, I added some twine, Dapper Designer Tape, pins, some gorgeous 28 Lilac Lane Buttons, (which are now stocked at Simon Says Stamp ~ yay), some metal embellishments and completed it with some Nailhead Findings.
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....


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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: Mosaic, Crosshatch Frame
Texture Fades: Dotted Bullseye
Distress Crayons: Set 1, 2 and 3
Metal Embellishments: Finnabair Mini Hardware, Mini Stars



Thursday, 5 May 2016

Take A Chance...

Hello friends...

Hope you're all having a wonderful week and here in London, we've finally got some warm weather!! After a very long winter, it's so lovely to finally see the sun shine and see the blossom appear on the trees...it's the little things that make me so happy!

And to celebrate the fact that spring has finally arrived, I thought it would be fun to create a project using some of my favourite Tim Holtz products to create a piece that would contain all the colours of the season and of course, a crazy cat and his feathered friend!

This was such a fun piece to create and I just love the expressions on each of their faces...they can't help but make you smile!
The background for this card is created using canvas paper. I applied a wash of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top of the paper, which I find helps blend those Distress Crayons so much easier! I then took a selection of the crayons and just scribbled them onto the dried paint surface, blending with a baby wipe and my finger to create this splash of colour.
To create a little more interest to the background, I also added some Ranger Texture Paste through the Chevron Layering Stencil and through the Splatters Layering Stencil and some torn tissue wrap which I just applied using Collage Medium, blending a little more crayon over the surface of both.

After a few flicks of Distress Paints ~ Black Soot, Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence I then added some doodles around the edge to create a border and some gold foiling.
Of course, the little birdie and cat don't need any introduction as they are from Tim Holtz's wonderful Crazy Cats and Mini Bird Crazy Stamp sets. I coloured both of these using Distress Markers before die cutting them with the corresponding die set and attaching them to my background, together with cheesecloth, floristry fibres and twine.
To complete the canvas, I added one of the Crazy Talk stamps, which just works so well and also added a Small Talk Sticker.
As a finishing touch, I used a button and sequins from the fabulous 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Button Embellishment set! The colour of these embellishments are just perfect and they match Tim Holtz's Distress products so well ~ you must check out the whole range as they are a must have to any crafter's stash!
...and here is the finished project, matted and layered on coloured card!
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you've loved this little piece of spring!
See you all soon ~ love Emma xx

Monday, 2 May 2016

Eternal Flame...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week, we challenge you to create a piece of Home Decor and the team were also asked to showcase Prima Marketing products within their challenge pieces. You don't have to use them to join in but if you do, then we would love to see what you create and can't wait to visit all your blogs...

For my project, I was inspired by the antique jewellery of the Tsarinas of Russia and decided to create my own piece of treasure using one of the resin pieces from the Flaming Hearts Ex II Votos Relics and Artifacts pack.

and here's how I created my treasured artefact!
To begin with I took one of the wooden trays and coated it with a layer of gesso to prime it for the paintwork.

I then added a layer of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Chalk over the top of the gessoed frame and allowed to dry. To create the recessed section of my frame, I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Wrap to the size of the recess and then crumpled the tissue paper into a ball. Open out the paper and then using Tim Holtz Collage Medium, apply the tissue to the background, allowing the paper to create a creased effect.

Once the paper is thoroughly dry, I then dry brushed the entire frame with some Frayed Burlap Distress Paint, creating the look of worn wood. I then flicked some Gold Color Bloom Spray across the inside section, ensuring that none went onto the outside section of the frame.
Next, I inked up Tim Holtz's Cracks stamp with Cool Graphite Ink and stamped crackles over the frame before adding a finishing touch of Vintage Gold Foil to the edges to create a touch of opulence and shimmer.

Finally, I added some Remnant Rubs to the top left and bottom right of the frame and it's ready to go.

Now that my frame is complete, it's time to create my artifact and for this I took two of the pieces from the pack to create my flaming heart and removed the hooks from each piece before gluing them together to make one complete piece. I then wrapped a piece of rusty wire around the neck.

Next, I mixed some Mini Art Stones into a small amount of Soft Matte Gel and applied them to my heart and also around the neck, where the two pieces join before painting the entire surface with Blue/Gold Opal Acrylic Paint ~ which is just a stunning colour!

Let the paint dry before dry brushing Gold Metallique Paint over the top.
To create even more impact and shimmer, I added some Gold Rush Glass Glitter and then allowed everything to dry thoroughly before attaching the piece to the inside of my frame, laying it over the top of some natural florist fibres.

At this stage, I also added some Melange Pebble pieces around the heart.

To complete my heart I added a rusty gear to the centre and a beautiful aqua pearl from the 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle.
To complete the piece, I attached one of Tim Holtz's Word Bands, using twine to secure it into place and coloured the band using more of the Gold Metallique Paint....
...before then finishing the frame with two small metal cogs to each of the corners at the top and added an upturned bottle top and knob.
I am so happy with how this project turned out, I love it and now, all that's left to do is proudly display this piece in my craft room!
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....


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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 Stamps: Cracks and Specks
Distress Paint: Frayed Burlap
Prima Relics and Artifacts: Flaming Hearts, Rectangle Wooden Trays
Finnabair Mechanicals: Mini Knobs, Steampunk Gears
Prima Mixed Media: Silicone Brush
Floristry fibres, bottle tops, rusty wire and small gears all from my own stash

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