Monday, 27 March 2017

Let It Fly Away...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called "Things With Wings" and whether you choose to use butterflies, birds, dragonflies, angel wings or even a plane...there are just so many interpretations of this challenge theme and we can't wait to see what you decide!

For my project, I chose butterflies...mainly because I just couldn't resist using the gorgeous new Flutter stamp set from Tim Holtz. I packed this Etcetera tag full of detail, so it's time to show you how I created this piece...

 
...it's time for a new challenge!

To begin with I took one of the smallest Etcetera tags complete with reinforcer ring that is supplied in the pack. These tags are just amazing and definitely what I've been waiting for as they are a solid surface that you can paint, decorate and do almost anything to and they withstand it all! I primed the surface with a couple of coats of gesso and heat dried it before adding my paint layers.

I started with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then whilst the paint was still wet, blended in some Pumice Stone Distress Paint. Once I was happy with the colour, I blasted the paint with some heat and then started to add more layers by scraping a further layer of gesso over the top, again drying it thoroughly before using Distress Crayons in Pumice Stone and Victorian Velvet to add some depth. I also added some Black Soot around the edges.
I blended the crayons using a semi dry baby wipe before adding my next layer...tissue tape. I ripped pieces of the tape and added them to the tag, mainly focusing on the section that would be behind my teacups. I then added some Grit Paste through the Speckles and Industrial stencils, allowed it to dry before adding more crayon and paint splatters over the top to complete my background.
Now for the teacups and these are die cut from chipboard, primed with gesso before I then painted them with Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Paints. I added a little more texture by scraping some gesso over the top, heat drying the surface and then adding shadows and highlights with the Pumice Stone Distress Crayon. Fix the one cup inside the other and then using foam pads, I adhered it to the tag.

I then used the Garden Greens Thinlits dies to die cut some foliage that would spray out from my cup. I used a combination of card, some Mixed Media card that I coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Spray, and some Kraft Core card in contrasting colour ~ I then die cut the pieces I needed. Add the foliage to the top cup and arrange it to fall and cascade over the rim.

To complete the cups, I added a mini plaquette and a metal spoon!
Now for those gorgeous butterflies... I stamped six butterflies onto watercolour card and then coloured them with Distress Marker Pens.
I then added a touch of Wink Of Stella over the top of some areas to create a little shimmery highlight ~ I'm not a huge fan of sparkle or glitter but this creates just a subtle shimmer that catches the light perfectly.

I fussy cut around each butterfly, shaped the wings and then attached them to my tag.
To complete the tag, I added some crystal gems and a little quote Clippings Sticker..."and let it fly away".
Finally, to ground my teacup, I added a strip of Designer Tape and then wrapped some twine around the tag, secured with a small bow.
This is one of those pieces that for me, just turned out perfectly and I am so happy with it...and I hope you love it too!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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....



Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


Monday, 20 March 2017

The Key To Happiness...

Hello friends and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called Layer It Up. However you choose to create your layers is up to you, maybe you will use inks and paint, maybe paper and card...it's entirely your choice but we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, this theme was definitely something I enjoyed playing with as I love layers and I love building them up to create focal points on my projects. So, I decided to create a vintage canvas panel celebrating spring, friendship and happiness and I hope you love this finished project.


 
...it's time for a new challenge!

To begin with I took a 18 x 24cm canvas and I applied a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint blended with Picket Fence. I heat dried the surface before then adding my colour and for this, I used Pumice Stone, Shaded Lilac and Iced Spruce Distress Crayons ~ scribbling the crayons directly onto the canvas and then blending them out using a semi dry baby wipe and my fingers. Once I was happy with the colour, I then applied some torn tissue tape to the central area of my canvas, applying them horizontally and vertically before adding a little more of the Pumice Stone Crayon just to accentuate the outlines of the tissue tape. I applied some Jet Black Archival Ink through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil to add some more depth before applying Gesso which I scraped across the surface of the canvas, leaving it heavier in the central section of the canvas than the outside and then gave it a good blast of heat to dry it thoroughly. 
I now wanted to start adding more layers to the background and dropped small droplets of gold Ecoline Ink onto the centre, spritzed it with water and allowed it to run, creating gorgeous drips of shimmery gold.
Again heat dry the layer thoroughly before adding the next layer...crackle texture paste! I applied the paste through the Mini Layering Stencil and left it to dry and do it's thing ~ crackle. Once it was crackled I dry brushed some of the gold ink over the top. Add some flicks of Black Soot and Gold paint across the canvas.
I now had my background layers ready for the build up of embellishments.
It's easier at this stage to create and collate all the pieces you are going to be layering onto the background so, I started with some of the gorgeous lilac flower pieces from the Botanical Layers pack and which I will attach onto my background using Collage Medium. I then made up some of the Tiny Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals. All the petals and leaves are made up from cardstock that I coloured using Shaded Lilac Distress Spray Stain for the flowers and Peeled Paint for the leaves. I then added a mist of Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray over the top before adding enamel dots and stamens to the centres of the flowers.

For the antique white flowers that you can see, I used some of the Bouquet Findings, which I snipped off from the main stem to give me individual flowers that I will combine with the die cut flowers. Colour the little white petals using a light misting of Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and leave to dry.

For the pocket watch, I coloured the metal using some of the Rose Gold Metallique Wax! This is just amazing ~ I'm a huge fan of gilding waxes but this stuff really does take some beating and what I really love you haven't got that petroleum smell that most gilding wax has, this just smells divine. I applied a small amount of the wax to the metal before adding a circle of Memoranda paper on the background of the watch. I then took one of the Paper Dolls, added some colour to it and popped it into my watch. I added a Clippings Sticker and some glass beads and then attached the watch front. To complete the watch, I added a small Star Adornment, coloured with some White Gold Wax.
I also used the Rose Gold wax to colour some white wire, the key adornment and the Sprocket Gears.
I now have all my pieces in place to layer and just arranged each piece to form a beautiful arrangement on the left of my canvas.

I attached each piece over a layer of sisal fibres and twisted wire to add a little more movement and texture.
I also added a little butterfly from the Botanical Layers pack and some glass glitter to add some sparkle.

I completed the arrangement with some crystal gems and Mechanical Knobs.

Finally, I added some of the gold paint around the edges to frame the canvas and attached a vial label complete with remnant rub to the top left hand corner...
I really hope you love this multi layered, detailed project and you've enjoyed the creative process behind it!
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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....



Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


Heat Gun
Palette Knife
Canvas, Crystal Gems and Sisal Fibres from my own stash

Monday, 13 March 2017

A Mother's Love...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, the theme is all about HANDMADE FLOWERS and we challenge you to make some of your own! You can of course do this anyway you choose, maybe you will use die cut flowers, or stamp some of your own, or maybe you have your own ideas! Whatever you make we will be looking forward to seeing your beautiful blooms!

For my project, this challenge couldn't have come at a better time as here in the UK, we will be celebrating Mother's Day on the 26th March. So, with this in mind, I decided to create a special card for my Mum ~ she's highly sensitive to all fresh flowers, so what better than to create some handmade flowers that I know she will love!


 
...it's time for a new challenge!

To begin with I started by making my flowers and for these I used the Jumbo Tattered Florals Die to die cut some lightweight cotton calico fabric. For each flower I cut two of the medium sized six petal flower on the die and three of the smallest flower with five petals. I chose to use my two favourite colours ~ blue and orange and started by spritzing the fabric with a light mist of water. Then for the blue flowers, I used Broken China Distress Spray Stain and spritzed enough die cut petals to create two dimensional flowers. Using a piece of kitchen paper towel, squeeze out any excess colour or water from the fabric and then heat dry the colour stained die cut petals. You will find that you have some stain remaining on your sheet ~ don't waste this, I just spritz it with water and then mop it all up with a piece of card which I will use later on as a matting layer for my finished project. Create the orange flower in exactly the same way, using Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stain.

I then laid out all my petals onto a non stick craft sheet and using a paintbrush, I applied a coat of Clear Sculpture Medium over the top of each die cut. Don't oversaturate the material but apply a good even coverage onto the back and the front of the petals. This medium allows me to create dimension to the flower by giving a rigidity to the fabric so that I can sculpt the petals and the flower to create a wonderful 3D bloom ~ it's fabulous!
I then semi dried my coated petals before starting to shape each flower by taking the two large petals and three of the small petals, layering each section over the top of one another and slightly offsetting each of the die cuts. Pinching the middle of the flowers together, scrunch and shape the petals whilst the medium is drying and then set aside to dry completely. I left them overnight.

Once my flowers were holding the shape, I poked a small hole though the centre of all the layers and then added some beautiful pearl stamens. After fixing the stamens into place with some florist wire, my flowers were complete.

The leaves are created in exactly the same way as the flowers, die cut using the Jumbo Tattered Florals die and colouring them with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain before adding a coat of the Sculpture Medium, shaping them and allowing them to dry until the material has stiffened and will hold it's shape.

Now that I have my flowers, I moved onto the background and for this I cut a piece of watercolour card, 14cm square and misted the card with water and then, swished it through Antique Linen and Spun Sugar Distress Stain applied to a craft sheet. If you need more colour, just pick up any of the remaining stain on your sheet before heat drying the card.

Once the card was dry, I placed the central section of the card into the Lace Texture Fade, this will emboss the central section but leave a plain edged border top and bottom. Emboss the card through your machine and then using a blending tool, apply some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink over the top of the raised areas and around the edge. Mist the inked card with some more water and allow the ink to do what it does best. Heat dry the card thoroughly before machine stitching around the outside.
Matt the embossed card onto a piece of gold metallic card, followed by the stained card from earlier. Mount these layers onto corrugated card, distressed with a little gesso and then matt onto orange card from the Classic Kraft Paper Stash, as the final layer. Mount all your layers onto a black card blank.
Attach your flowers to the bottom left hand corner and I added some real twigs from my garden ~ it was a lucky find to get that twirly one!
To add the "LOVE" message, I used the Alpha Deco Die (love this die so much) to die cut gold metallic card and also Black Soot Kraft Core cardstock. I then layered each of the gold pieces over the top of the black to create a drop shadow before attaching them to my card.
As a finishing touch I added a metal heart and some gold sequins.
...and that completes this card which I hope has given you some ideas for your Mother's Day cards. Or if you don't want to create cards, then these flowers can also be used on home decor pieces, even hair decorations ~ the choices are endless!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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....



Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies/Texture Fades: Jumbo Tattered Florals, Deco AlphaLace Texture Fade
Heat Gun
Twigs, stamens, corrugated card and calico fabric from my own stash

Monday, 6 March 2017

In My Dreams...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is all about Backgrounds and the team are also showcasing Dylusions products within their projects! If you'd like to join us for this challenge, we can't wait to see what you create and look forward to you playing along...

For my project, I chose to use my small Dylusions journal and Dylusions paints, combined with Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create a background for my journal pages which is all about dreams and was actually inspired by a recent chat on Facebook and one of the gorgeous Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz! I love to create stories around these images and these pages just had to be all about the hopes and dreams of this little ballerina. I hope you love what I've created and love all the details I've included in this project.
Click on photo to enlarge
 
...it's time for a new challenge!
To begin with I prepped my pages with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint as I wanted a soft vintage feel for my background. I attached some torn pieces of the Symphony Tissue Tape and then started to add some colour by applying Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, keeping the pink in the centre of the pages and then added depth by using the Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Crayons.

To create more layers on the background, I applied Hickory Smoke Distress Paint through the Nordic Layering Stencil, adding it randomly across my two pages. I heat dried the pages to set the paint before applying a layer of White Linen Dylusions paint over the top, which helped to blend the background, giving a soft diffused look.

Once I was happy, I then started to add my circles and used the Limor Circles Stamp from IndigoBlu. I stamped the the small and medium outline circles, stamping them across my pages to create the look of bubbles. I then painted the inside of the circles with gesso before adding Victorian Velvet Distress Paint over the top. Once the painted circles were dry, I added some shading with Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Paints and added a small amount of White Linen Dylusions paint as highlights within the circles. I added some paint flicks of Black Soot and Gold Acrylic paint as a finishing touch.
To complete my background, I used an old credit card, dipped in Black Marble Dylusions paint and added some paint scratches around the edge of my pages.

Now for the fun part of adding my dream section...
I started by applying strips of Film Ribbon and lace to the centre of the right hand page ~ this will be my base for adding the layers. I then cut a circle of paper from the Memoranda paper stash and matted it onto a circle of gold metallic cardstock, followed by a layer of black card which had a small amount of Victorian Velvet paint applied around the edge.

I then attached my matted circle onto layers of cheesecloth, one coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain and the other coloured with Antique Linen Distress Spray.

I also used the largest of the Stacked Stars die to die cut some gold Deco Sheets that I had attached to a thick piece of card and tucked the large die cut star behind the circle.

Using the gorgeous little ballerina Paper Doll which I coloured using Distress Marker Pens, I layered her over the top of some more cheesecloth, this time stained with Victorian Velvet Distress Spray..

I then wanted her to hold a little mirrored star, altered with Mushroom Alcohol ink, so attached a small piece of twine, so that it appeared to be coming from her hand and tied a further piece of twine into a bow and attached this to her hand before adding the star at the end of the twine.
I placed some more mirrored stars around her, tucking them into the cheesecloth and I also added some remnant rubs to the background.
 

Because these pages were all about dreams and stars, I wanted a trail of stars to be following her, so I used the Crescent Moon and Stars die to die cut some smaller stars from the card covered with the gold Deco Sheet and placed these in a swathe across the pages.
I also added some gold sequins in between for a bit of sparkle.
Finally, I added my wording and for this I found the perfect quotes in the Clippings Stickers and attached these onto the left and right hand pages, together with an arrow from the Gilded Accents Remnants set.

...and that completes this week's project ~ a story of a little girl, dreaming of stars that glitter!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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....



Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


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