Monday, 15 September 2014

Rock The Technique ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

...and welcome to a fun new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, it's all about technique! We want you to ROCK THE TECHNIQUE and show us your stamping skills and whatever you choose, we can't wait to see the finished projects!

For my piece, I decided to make a pocket tag card and used the resist technique to create the background. I absolutely love this technique and combined with the Flower Loop stamp from Hero Arts, it just created the most wonderful backdrop to my embellishments.

...and this is how I made it!

To begin with, I took a piece of black card, 4.25" x 5.5". I inked up the Hero Arts Looped Flower with clear embossing ink and then stamped directly onto the card. Apply clear embossing powder over the top of the wet ink and heat emboss until it becomes molten and shiny.

I applied a coat of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint over the top of the embossed card, using a damp piece of kitchen towel to wipe away the paint from the embossed areas. I then added a second coat of paint, again wiping away the excess before adding a final thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top.

Once the card was dry, I mounted it onto my pocket which I made from 2 pieces of kraft card stuck together and then, applied Tissue Tape around the edges.
I added some Tissue Tape and a Industrious Border strip across the front of the pocket and then used the Tattered Florals die to create some hand crafted die cut roses, using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink as my colour palette. I added the roses to my pocket, layering them over the top of a piece of Trellis Frameworks die, die cut from chipboard and painted with Distress Paints. For the leaves, I inked up some card using Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then die cut the Tattered Leaves and Garden Greens foliage from the card. I then slightly crumpled the larger leaves before unfolding them and inking the edges. I attached these to my flower arrangement and added die cut chipboard twigs, painted with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
For the butterfly, I used the Mini Movers and Shapers die to die cut a piece of Grungepaper. I painted the Grungepaper with the same paints as I used on the background before adding a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top. Once the crackles have appeared and the paint is dry, I applied some Picket Fence Distress Paint and let it seep into the crackles. I attached the butterfly to my pocket, placing a Game Spinner on the centre of it's body.

As a finishing touch I stamped the quote onto a piece of inked Manila card, distressed the edges before crumpling it up to give an aged look to the card. I attached this with a Memo Pin to my flower cluster.
For the tag, I used a Size 8 Manila tag and swooshed it through some Broken China and Peacock Feathers Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and then misted with water. I distressed the edges of the tag, before inking them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and stamping one of my favourite Tim Holtz quote stamps directly onto the background with black Archival Ink. 
I used a Distress Marker to colour the shadow on the wording and added some Tissue Tape and a border strip, then mounted it onto kraft card and added a crinkle bow to the top, hand dyed using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain. 
You can now add the tag to the pocket for the hidden surprise and message of love....
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and as always, if you're looking for some 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....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and have fun hopping along!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Supplies On Hand with May Flaum


Today, I have a really exciting announcement to tell you all about ~ I'm going to be a contributor to May Flaum's new class, Supplies On Hand. These classes are all about making the most of your crafty stash and there is an absolutely amazing line up of crafters and scrapbookers who are all contributing to these classes, sharing their projects, hints and tips of how to use those "supplies on hand", and I can't tell you how honoured I am to be amongst them all.

I will be sharing one totally exclusive and brand new project, (sneaky peek below) and showing you how to make the most of your punches and dies to use up all those unwanted papers that you no longer need, or like!!
So, what are you waiting for ~ just click HERE for all the details of these fun classes and if you register before 15th September, then you will be saving $5!!

I'll see you in class!
Emma x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember blog hop! The Monday Challenge blog team has a fabulous hop for you all to join in with and it all starts, HERE on Andrea's blog!
Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

So for this week's Monday challenge, we challenge you to....use any Simon Says Stamp Exclusive product and I couldn't resist using the gorgeous Sketched Alphabet stamp set. The font of this set is just beautiful and for my extra special card, I combined this stamp set with a Wendy Vecchi set.

To begin with I wanted to create the chalkboard background, so I took a piece of black card, die cut the top section of the card using the Torn Notebook On The Edge die and then, inked up the letters, "L.O.V.E" with a clear embossing ink pad and stamped them along the bottom section of my card. I then dusted Perfect Pearls over the top of the wet ink and gently brushed away the excess. The Perfect Pearls will stick to the wet ink to reveal the lettering but it will also give the dusty effect of a chalkboard. To create the polka dot background, I used the full stop from the stamp set, inked with a clear embossing ink pad and stamped it over my background. I then applied the Perfect Pearls over the top and dusted away the excess. After machine stitching around the edge of the card, I mounted it onto a piece of red cardstock, wrapped a piece of hand dyed ribbon around the matted card layers, securing the ends at the back and then attached the completed background to the front of my card blank.

Next, I inked up the image from Wendy's stamp set using black Archival Ink and stamped this onto watercolour card. I painted the image using Distress Marker Pens and used Tim's Ovals dies, to give me my lovely shaped topper. I used a black pen to add faux stitching around the outside, inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then attached this to my card front with foam pads.
I hand dyed some more ribbon using Distress Stains and tied this into a bow, attaching a brass key charm, which I coloured with Distress Paints.

To complete the card, I die cut two hearts from grungeboard, using Tim's Mini Hearts Movers and Shapers die and painted these with Festive Berries Distress Paint. I applied a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top and once the paint was dry, I added a small amount of Fired Brick Distress Stain, to seep into the crackles to enhance them. I attached the hearts using foam pads and added an arrow adornment to the centre of the arrangement.
Finally, I added some corners from the Industrious Stickers, Frames and Trims pack.

I always think that it's nice to have the inside of my card decorated too and it also makes a nice surprise for the recipient.
For this particular card, I added a surprise message. I stamped the word, "YOU" and the polka dots onto black card, using the same technique of the embossing ink pad and Perfect Pearls, as I used on the front of the card. I then attached this onto the inside and added an arrow through the "O". 

 I hope you loved this card, as much as I loved creating it.
The next stop on this hop is the fabulous May Flaum

As always, if you're looking for some 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....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and have fun hopping along!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain and Clear
Distress Stain ~ Fired BrickAntique Linen and Scattered Straw
Key from my stash

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Especially For You

Hello everyone!!

Today, is my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog. Here's a little sneaky peek below to whet your appetite but I do hope you'll check out the full project over on the blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you on Monday!!
Bye for now and have a great weekend!
Emma xx

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Candi Flower Tutorial and Birdhouse

Hello everyone...

Hope you're all having a great week!

A few weeks ago, I shared a project that I made for Craftwork Cards featuring some Candi flowers. I had so many messages and emails about these flowers, asking if I could do a tutorial and, to all those people that kindly took the time to write ~ I promised that I would! Well, better late than never...I've finally got around to sharing this with you, together with another project that I created for Craftwork Cards featuring The Potting Shed paper collection and their cute little birdhouses, and of course...the Candi flowers. Hope you enjoy...
To begin with:
1. Punch out a 1" circle from card. At this point the size of the flower, is dependant on the circle size. So, if you want a bigger flower, all you need do is punch out a bigger circle and just add more Candi.
2. Create a valley fold in the centre of each piece of Candi. For this size circle, I would use 11 pieces.
3. Apply a circle of glue, either silicone glue, Pinflair or using a hot glue gun and place the folded Candi around the edge of your punched circle.
4. Continue all the way around until you have a circle of folded Candi and your first layer to the flower. 
5. To create the second layer of your flower, take 8 pieces of Candi, (I used a co-ordinating pattern for this flower) and add a good sized amount of glue in the centre of the circle. Attach a second layer of your folded Candi, arranging it in a circle.
6. You should now have a double layer of Candi and need to create the centre. For this, take six pieces of Candi from the pack and create a mountain fold in each. Add another good amount of glue in the centre of your flower and stick each piece of Candi into the glue, placing them at a 90° angle, so that they slightly stick up to form the centrepiece.
7. And there you have your finished Candi flower to add to any of your Craftwork Cards projects. 
As you can see, I added my Candi flowers around the base of my birdhouse which is created from chipboard and painted with PaperArtsy paints and Crackle Glaze. I added the flowers, together with some small die cut flowers.

The birdhouse is attached to a cotton spool, which is attached to the base and I also added die cut flowers to the roof of my project, and used real moss and die cut foliage to create a cascade.

To complete the birdhouse, I used a die cut birdie, painted with Distress Paints and attached him to the front of his little house!

So, that's it from me for today and as always, I hope you've loved what I've created and enjoyed the Candi flower tutorial. If you do make any of these flowers, then I would love to see them and hope you'll share them with me!

See you soon and enjoy the rest of your day...
Love Emma xx 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Hi everyone!

Today, I'm sharing a project that I've made for the Tim Holtz Media Team, using a combination of stamps, dies and stencils to create a layered, dimensional project with plenty of texture, and all inspired by one of my favourite seasons ~ autumn! For me, there's nothing better than when the leaves start changing from the fleshy green of summer to the rich and vibrant colours of autumn and I wanted to encapsulate this in my seasonal wallhanging.
To begin with, I wanted this piece to be quite rustic and earthy in it's appearance, so for the background I used some corrugated card that I ripped from the side of a box and cut the card to measure, 5.25" x 8". I peeled away random areas of the top section of card to reveal some of the corrugation before painting it with a layer of Gesso and leaving to dry.
Once the paint was dry, I then added just a faint wash of colour over the top using Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint.
You can leave the paint to dry, or if you're like me and eager to move onto the next stage, then you can use a heat tool. I then inked up the Cracks stamp with black Archival Ink and stamped over the top of the painted area of corrugated card to give a crackled effect.
You can set this aside whilst you move onto the next stage and for this, I wanted to add even more texture to the piece and started this process by taking a size 8 Manila tag and adding a wash of Antique Linen Distress Stain over the top. I misted the tag with water to soften the colour and then heat dried it.
To add the woodgrain effect onto the tag, I used the Woodgrain Layering Stencil, Texture Paste and Walnut Stain Distress Paint. I placed the Layering Stencil over the top of my tag and taped it into position so that it wouldn't move around when I was applying the paste.
Using a palette knife, I took a small amount of paste and mixed this with some Distress Paint. At this stage, less is more and if at first, you're not happy with colour then you can always add more paint until you achieve a rich dark chocolate brown ~ which is exactly what I did. I applied the coloured texture paste through the stencil, using my palette knife and once the tag was evenly covered, I carefully removed the stencil and placed it in warm soapy water immediately. You do need to make sure that you remove the paste straightaway before it sets on your stencil. Once the paste is completely dry, I pounced some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over the top of the tag and then gave the entire surface a spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls to give the most wonderful shimmery effect.
For the next step, stamp the pumpkin from the Halloween Blueprints 2 stamp set onto watercolour card and using Distress Marker Pens and a waterbrush, water-coloured the image, blending the colours together to give light and shade.
Cut around the outline of the pumpkin and set aside.

Using the Autumn Gatherings die, die cut a selection of leaves and twigs using various Autumnal colours of Core'dinations cardstock.
Sandpaper each of the tiny leaves and ink the edges before applying a layer of Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint over the top. You only need to crackle a handful of leaves, not all of them as it's nice to give a difference in texture between the plain and crackled. Leave the leaves to crackle.
Whilst waiting for the cracks to appear, die cut a piece of chipboard using the Chevron Frameworks die and paint with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Paint. Set aside.
Cut a strip of Crinkle Ribbon and add small amounts of Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw Distress Stain to your craft sheet. Mist the stain with water and add the ribbon to the stain to pick up all the colour.
Scrunch up the ribbon tightly in your hand and gently heat dry. Thread the ribbon through the hole in the top of your textured tag and tie into a bow.
Attach the tag to the painted corrugated card background. Attach the hand painted pumpkin at the bottom of your tag, placing it in the centre using foam pads for dimension. Arrange and attach some of the leaves around the pumpkin.
Take the Chevron Framework and place this over the top of your pumpkin and leaves arrangement, attaching it with a hot glue gun. Tuck the remainder of the leaves into the open lattice work and attach them. At this stage, I also added some moss and cheesecloth from my stash.
I then added a piece of Ephemera from the Collectables pack and tucked this behind the pumpkin.
Stamp the "Blessed" hashtag wording from the Hashtag set onto a piece of kraft card, ink the edges and doodle a border around the outside using a white gel pen. Attach the kraft card to a memo pin and tuck the pin into the leaf arrangement.
To complete the wallhanging, I added some Remnant Rubs from the Botanical set and applied these directly onto the corrugated card background. I then attached an enameled tag to the bow, using a wire pin and added a further Remnant Rub.
At this stage, I also started to tear and roll back some more of the card, to give a really distressed feel to the project.
The main part of this project is now complete but I felt it needed one last thing and as I looked across at the remainder of the torn box, I decided to tear another piece of corrugated card from the side but this time I didn't cut straight edges, I just left it completely natural looking ~ I just love how the edges aren't even, giving the whole project another dimension and another detail. I attached the decorated panel to the jagged edged corrugated card, rolling back the card on the base section, curling it around my panel to give even more detail.
To complete the wallhanging section, I attached some jump rings to a couple of Hinge Clips that I coated with Picket Fence Distress Paint and clipped these to the top of my project, before threading a bamboo stick through the holes and tying a piece of jute string to create the hanger.
And there you go...
My seasonal wallhanging that I hope will inspire you to create one of your own and have as much fun creating as I did making this!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I look forward to hearing all your comments.
See you very soon ~ Emma xx

Supply List:

Stamps: Halloween Blueprint 2, Hashtags, Cracks and Specks

Sizzix Alterations Dies: Autumn Gatherings Decorative Strip Die, Chevron Frameworks Die

Paint: Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Picket Fence, Walnut Stain; Rock Candy Crackle Paint; Gesso

Embellishments: Idea-Ology Enameled Tag, Wire Pin, Memo Pin, Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack, Botanical Remnant Rubs, Crinkle Ribbon, Hinge Clips, Jump Rings, Jute String.

Ink and Stains: Walnut Stain Distress Ink; Barn Door, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain; Black Archival Ink

Medium: Ranger Multi Medium; Ranger Texture Paste; Distress Marker Pens: Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint

Layering Stencil: Woodgrain

Surfaces: Manila Tag, Kraft Card, Core'dinations Ranger Distress Collection

Tools: Vagabond, Sanding Grip

Added supplies from my own stash: Chipboard, Cheesecloth and Moss


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