Monday, 5 October 2015

Autumn Is In The Air ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead...

Of course, the good thing about Mondays is we have a brand new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the theme is ~ AUTUMN IS IN THE AIR!

If you're like me and love this glorious season, then you will love this challenge and whether you're inspired by the colours, pumpkins, harvest or Halloween, we invite you to embrace the season and join us!

As many of you will know I love Halloween and for my project, I chose to create a fun little box canvas project using some of the new Tim Holtz Seasonal releases!
So, here we go...
...and this is how I made my fun home decor piece!

I started with a 6" x 6" box canvas. I really wanted to capture the colours of autumn but also have a really textural piece and for this, I added some Texture Paste through the Shatter Layering Stencil and whilst the paste was still wet, I sprinkled over micro beads, chunky glitter and glass beads! This is a great way of using up those bits and pieces that you will never use and because they'll be painted over, it doesn't matter what colour they are, just use them up!

For the next stage, I covered the entire canvas in a coat of gesso and gave it a blast of heat to dry it. When it was completely dry, I blended Fossilised Amber and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paints over the background. Allow to dry before adding some darker colour around the edge of the canvas ~ for this I used Ground Espresso! Add a few flicks of the dark colour over the background and dry everything thoroughly before moving on.

To give a richness to the canvas and add a more vintage feel, I randomly dabbed a Versamark Ink pad around the edge, sprinkled the ink with Sticky Embossing Powder and heated it. Do not overheat this embossing powder as it will loose it's tackiness! Once the powder is melted, apply vintage gold foil sheets all around the edge.

I then stamped the spider in black Archival Ink down each side of the box, coloured the body with a little Festive Berries Distress Paint and set aside to dry whilst getting all my decorative elements ready.

The first stage was to die cut leaves from Manila card, using the Fall Foliage Thinlits dies. At this stage whilst the card is still in the dies, I also embossed some of the leaves to create the veins by running them through my die cutting machine using an embossing mat. I then inked the leaves using a combination of oranges, greens, purple and red Distress Inks. Once I was happy with the blends, I spritzed them all with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist and dried them with a heat tool.
For the pumpkin, I used one of the gorgeous characters from the Jack O Lantern Bigz die and die cut it from a really thick card. I coloured the card using Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint and set aside to dry. At this stage, I made a second die cut, traced around the edge onto a piece of chipboard and cut the solid shape out. Paint the surface of the solid pumpkin black and then layer the painted die cut over the top.

Because you have layered the card over the top of the chipboard base, this now creates a slight aperture and raised lip around the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin to which I added a layer of Glossy Accents into. Set aside for the Glossy Accents to slightly harden and once that is done, apply more of the medium over the painted orange area of the pumpkin and then sprinkle with Spiced Marmalade Distress Glitter. Tap away the excess glitter and what you will find is that the mica from the glitter sticks slightly to the aperture areas creating a glisten but the remaining areas will capture more of the chunky glitter to create your beautiful sparkly pumpkin.
Using the die cut leaves, a web from the Gothic Industrious Stickers set ~ I arranged and assembled all my elements by onto the front of my box, together with some cheesecloth that I coloured by spritzing with Hickory Smoke and Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stains. 
I added the Boo Alpha Part which I glittered with Shabby Shutters Distress Glitter and a spider.
To complete the scene, I applied a Remnant Rub and a Small Talk Occasions sticker before tucking dried moss into the leaf arrangement and around the pumpkin.
As the finishing touch to the canvas, I attached more die cut leaves to the top and added a Curio Knob. 
I also wanted to add a quirky touch to this piece, so decided to add little feet and for this I used cotton spools that I painted with Distress Paints before attaching them to the base!
I also thought it would be really cool to add some autumnal leaves that I bought from a local store and some lights, which create the perfect atmosphere for my spooky Jack O Lantern centrepiece!

I hope you've enjoyed how I created my project for this week 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 Stamp. Good luck....

Just click on the link below to go shopping:
Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Dies: Jack O Lanterns, Fall Foliage
Tim Holtz Stamps: Carved Spider
Distress Spray Stains: Hickory Smoke, Spiced Marmalade
Cheesecloth, canvas, moss, chipboard, cotton spools ~ all from my stash

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

STAMPtember Blog Hop Winner

Thank you to everyone who joined in our Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Hop over on the Monday Challenge Blog and a BIG thank you to everyone who left me a comment!

From all the lovely comments that were left, we have now picked a winner and congratulations to...

Riti, please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog for all the details of how to claim your SSS Grab Bag!

Have a great day and see you soon!
Emma x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Time To Say Goodbye to a DT...

Hey everyone...

Today is my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog but it's a sad day for me, as this is my final time as I've decided to step down from the Design Team. I hope you'll pop over to their blog to read my final post and for now, I'll leave you with this card...
Thank you to everyone who made my time on this team so special and I'm going to miss you!
With love, Emma x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Ombre ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Can you believe it's Monday already?!? The weeks are flying by but a new week means there's a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the theme is OMBRE!!

From the popular Hero Arts ink pads to the new Distress DIY ink pads, ombre is one trend that is going strong! You can be inspired to use an ink pad, make your own blend of colours or even go for something monochromatic ~ whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along with this week's challenge!

For my project this week, I made a fun Halloween Invitation, with plenty of dimension and created an ombre background for the front of my invite, using Distress Stains and for a couple of friends who came along for the ride! Say hello to my "trick or tweeters"....Frankie the green monster and Esmeralda the witch!
So, here we go and here's how I made my card....

I started by making my background and for this I began with a base of watercolour card which I misted lightly with water. Apply small amounts of Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains to a craft sheet and using a wide paint brush, dip the brush into the stains and apply the colour by dragging the colour across the moist card, starting with the darkest and working down the card towards the bottom and ending with the lightest colour. At this stage, don't oversaturate the card and heat dry between applications but if you need more colour, just repeat the process until you're 100% happy!

Once you have your background, spritz a light mist of Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain over the top of the night sky and again, heat dry the card.

Ink up the Webs stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp a web into the top left and right hand corners of the card. Ink around the edges of the card with Black Soot Distress Ink and then I finished by machine stitching around the outside using silver thread.

Matt the background onto kraft card before matting and layering this section onto a layer of card, inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, a piece of Core'dinations card and a layer of cheesecloth, lightly inked with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to take the whiteness of it! Mount all the layers onto a black card blank which I had already altered with a very light coat of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint.
So, that's all your backgrounds complete and now all that's needed is my party guests and for this I used the Bird Crazy stamps to stamp my images onto watercolour card and die cut them using the co-ordinating dies. 
I coloured each image with Distress Marker Pens. I then added their accessories which again are stamped onto watercolour card and coloured with the pens.

I attached each of the characters onto my card using foam pads and then because all good monsters need a "trick or treat?!?!" ~ I added a little corked vial full of a poisonous potion to keep them guessing.
To complete the card, I stamped the Trick Or Treat message onto a piece of inked card stock and cut it into a banner shape before attaching it with foam pads and added an October 31 Remnant Rub, a couple of spiders from the Gothic Industrious Stickers set, with enamel dots attached to their backs and popped them into the webs.

Inside the card, I added my invite and voila...the invitation is finished and ready to go!

 I hope you've enjoyed how I created my project for this week 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 Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Dies: Bird Crazy
Tim Holtz Stamps: Bird Crazy, Crazy Talk, Crazy Things
Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter
Distress Spray Stain: Brushed Pewter, Festive Berries
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Pumice Stone
Cheesecloth from my stash

Friday, 25 September 2015

The Monster

Hi everyone!

Hope you've all had a great week and looking forward to the weekend! Have you been following the Halloween Inspiration Series over on Tim Holtz's blog? There's been so many wonderful projects so far and so much to inspire you all for Halloween and today, I'm sharing my second project ~ a piece of halloween decor, created using many of the fabulous new seasonal products including The Monster die and the Dripping Texture Fade which I combined with idea-ology and so much more...

So, don't be afraid and hope you'll join me in how I made this multiple layered Halloween centrepiece!

To began with two flat backed canvases, the largest is 21 x 30cm and the smaller canvas measures, 21 x 14.5cm. Both of my canvases were pre-gessoed but if your's aren't then it's always a good idea to give them a coat of gesso to prepare the surfaces for the paint!

For both canvases I started by adding a layer of Pumice Stone Distress Paint to the surface as a base colour and used a heat tool to dry the paint. Next, I used a dry brush to add some darker tones of paint, Ground Espresso and Frayed Burlap and applied these onto the painted surface of each canvas. Once happy, I dried the paint and then stamped the webs in Jet Black Archival Ink, using the Tim Holtz Webs stamp. Finally, I took a make up sponge which I bought cheap from a chemists and applied dabs of Black Soot Distress Paint over both of the canvases to create the look of aged stone before adding flicks of the black paint over the painted surface and drying thoroughly.

Next I wanted to add more detail and more interest to the background of the larger canvas and for this, I blended Black Soot Distress Paint with Texture Paste.
Apply the coloured paste with a palette knife, through the Bats Layering Stencil, adding it to random areas of my canvas.
At this stage I used any left over paste and just added it to the edges of my canvas for interest and texture ~ it was a great way to use it up and not waste it! Finish by adding torn pieces of the Regions Beyond Design Tape and also add strips, placing them across the entire canvas.

Now take the smaller canvas that will be layered over the top of the larger one and to begin, add Design Tape around each of the four edges of the canvas.
To build up the layers I started by embossing a piece of Manila card using the Dripping Texture Fade. I actually did this twice and joined the two card pieces together to create a dripped section that would go across the width of my canvas. I cut around the embossed outline of the drips and discarded the rest of the card before painting the embossed drip section using a combination of Festive Berries and Fired Brick Distress Paints. I added highlights to the drips with a white pen and then inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. I mounted the drips across the centre of the canvas using foam pads for dimension and then added various pieces of the Frightful Ephemera, together with more Design Tape and Film Ribbon.

Now for the main feature and my focal point of the whole canvas ~ The Monster. For this I began by covering Manila card with some Metal Foil Tape and then die cutting the pieces of the Monster.
When all my pieces were die cut, I added Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface of each piece, allowed it to go slightly tacky before wiping away the excess. I built up the 3D monster, folding along the scorelines to create the dimension and adding each layer over the top of the previous one using foam pads and then, to make the head look slightly rusty, I used Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to the Alcohol Ink applicator and swiped it gently over the surface of my monsters head so that it would highlight the folds and the edges.
Take the small painted canvas and wrap pieces of gold wire around it, securing the ends of the wire at the back. I then mounted my monster onto some cheesecloth, dyed with Spiced Marmalade and Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and positioned this onto my canvas, over the top of the wire.
To complete this section I added some more wire pieces to come out from around the monster's head, some Sprocket Gears altered with Distress Paint and added Curiosities Remnant Rubs to the background. I also added a clock key to just above his head!
Finally, I used an offcut of the metal foil tape to die cut the "Beware" wording using the Halloween Words/Script Thinlits dies and attached the wording below the head.
Using foam pads, mount the smaller canvas over the top of the larger canvas, placing some more of the dyed cheesecloth underneath.
I added jewels from my stash to some spiders from the Gothic Industrious Stickers set and attached these to the canvas.
We're nearly there and all that's left to do is take the Halloween wording from the Wicked Alpha Parts set and apply a layer of Glossy Accents over the top before sprinkling the word with Spiced Marmalade Distress Glitter. Once dry, attach to the base of your smaller canvas, together with the October wording from the Frightful Ephemera set and a enamelled number 31 metal placquette!
As the very last detail, I attached the metal corners to each of the four corners of the larger canvas and applied Spiced Marmalade and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top. Allow the paint to go dry slightly before wiping away the excess with a paper towel.
...and that completes my canvas which is ready to display for Halloween! I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this piece and that it's given you some inspiration using all the gorgeous Tim Holtz products that are now available to purchase!
All Tim Holtz products are available from Simon Says Stamp ~ just click on the SSS link in my sidebar  which will take you shopping!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and thank you once again to Tim, Paula and Mario for inviting me along! Be sure to keep checking Tim's blog for more inspiration from my very talented friends and designers!
See you Emma x

Monday, 21 September 2015

Use A Stamp ~ Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Blog Hop

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, we are having a STAMPtember Blog Hop and the challenge is all about ~ USE A STAMP!

You should have arrived here from my very talented teamie Cheiron but if not then you will need to go to the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog to start from the beginning and I hope you'll join us and play along because it's definitely going to be a fun week...

You must create a project using a rubber or clear stamp, no digi images allowed, add your creation to the linky AND hop around the designers blogs leaving comments along the way. 

We are showcasing the new STAMPtember® products that have just been released. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a HUGE release with loads of fabulous stamps, dies, stencils and much more!

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store
So, now it's time to share my project and as always, I hope you love the set of three cards that I made this week, using the awesome Tim Holtz Exclusive STAMPtember 2015 Cling Stamp set.

The process behind each card is exactly the same but I love how different each individual card looks ... from masculine to teenage to a frivolous birthday card ~ there really is an image that will suit everyone and this set is a must have!!

To begin with, I created my larger card blanks and for this I used kraft card and cut two pieces to measure 15 x 18cm. I then ran each of the pieces of card through my die cutting machine using the On The Edge Star Cluster die which gave me a decorative top to my card. I attached another piece of kraft card to the back of each decorative card front and I scored these pieces 2.5cm from the top, which gives me an easel section so that the card is freestanding. For the smaller "Taking Time To Say Hello" notecard, I used the Postage Frame die to die cut corrugated card and again, added a piece of scored kraft card to the back to allow the card to stand up.

To create the backgrounds for each of the larger cards, I cut a panel of corrugated card, added Distress Paint to the surface to create a more shabby, distressed feel and then matted them onto ivory card stock before mounting them onto the front of my card blanks.
For the layered stars on the top of the "Today Is A Good Day" card, I used the Crescent Moon and Stars die to die cut corrugated card which I painted with Cracked Pistachio, Picket Fence and Black Soot Distress Paint and added to the decorative top section of the card. For the "Best Wishes for Your Birthday" card, I used the same die to die cut silver Deco Sheets and then layered some with corrugated die cut stars.
Now for stamping and for this I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the images from the stamp set onto watercolour card and watercolored each one with Distress Marker Pens.
I added a few flicks of ink around each of the stamped images, then inked the edges of each piece of card using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Finally I machine stitched each panel before mounting them onto Core'dinations card. You'll also notice that I added a corrugated wrap and a mirrored star to the cup, for that authentic "coffee house" paper cup!
For the next stage, I needed to create the backgrounds for my painted panels and for the first card, I used the Postage Stamp die to die cut a piece of card which I then embossed with the Mesh Texture Fade before inking the surface to bring out the embossed area.
For the second card, I used the postage stamp frame die to die cut a piece of card which I then stamped with Buttercup Archival Ink using the Zig Zag Background stamp.
I matted my panels onto the backgrounds and mounted them onto my card fronts with foam pads.

To complete the cards, I added a shabby crinkle ribbon bow, which I dyed with Broken China Distress Spray Stain, an antique button and a few sequins to the Birthday card...
...and a linen bow and heart charm to the second card, which completes the larger cards.
The small notecard is made in exactly the same way but because I wanted just a notelet size, I didn't add it to a larger background.
I did however layer my clock image to create dimension....
...and added a typed token charm, altered with Distress Paint and clipped this onto the side of the card using a Hinge Clip and some twine.
 So, that completes my set of three all occasion cards and I hope you enjoyed reading how I made them!

The next person on the hop is the lovely Maura

So now it's YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Each DT member also has a Simon's Goody Bag to give away too! All you need to do is leave me a comment on this post AND enter the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge 


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Products used:

Tim Holtz Texture Fade: Mesh
Distress Spray Stain: Broken China
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
Embellishments: Moonshine Sequins


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