Monday, 12 November 2018

My Grateful Heart

Hello everyone!

As yet another week flies by, where does time go? But a new week does mean that it's time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where this week, our theme is all about Thanks and Thanksgiving and we hope you will join us and play along with this fun challenge.

For my project, I decided to make a card and this is a very special card because I wanted to make this to thank all my friends, and followers who have supported me and loved my work over the years because I am so grateful to have you all!
So, without further ado, it's time for the new challenge to begin and here's how I created this very special piece...

As you can see, there are plenty of layers on this card and quite a bit of dimension, two things that I love to bring to my projects and to begin with I started by creating those leaves ready for arranging on the finished card.

I always use Tim Holtz's Mixed Media Heavystock as my go to favourite as I find this to be the best card on the market, it really does withstand anything I throw at it. To obtain that beautiful rich colour of autumn on the leaves, I used a combination of Distress Spray Stains in Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge and a second colour combination of Fossilised Amber and Rusty Hinge. I also added a spritz of Tarnished Brass Mica Spray to each of these combinations to add a hint of shimmer.

Once I'd spritzed my card with the sprays and they were blended perfectly, I just heat dried the card with a heat tool and the used it as my base to die cut a selection of the gorgeous Skeleton Leaves from Tim Holtz.
After inking the edges of the leaves, I then set them to one side for later.

Now to move onto the background layers and for this I started with two pieces of watercolour card which I inked with a selection of Distress Oxide Inks ~ Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce and Walnut Stain. I applied each of the inks to my glass mat, spritzed with water and then dragged the card through, making the larger piece that will become the background layer, slightly darker in colour than the panel that is in the forefront.

I machine stitched in black thread around the outside of the larger panel and then matted it onto Metallic Kraft Stock, followed by a layer of corrugated card. I then mounted these layers onto the front of my card blank, which measures 20 x 16.5cm.

Setting the card blank to one side, I took the remaining inked panel and to create some more texture and layers onto the panel, I added some torn pieces of tissue tape to the centre. I then applied some gesso over the top before drying it thoroughly.
Once dry, I added some stamping using the Lace Background stamp from the Ornate and Lace stamp set and the text stamp from the Entomology set and just randomly stamped onto the panel.

After stitching a border around the outside using neutral coloured cotton thread, I matted the panel onto gold kraft card and a panel of brown kraft stash.

Next, I cut a strip of Tim Holtz's Mummy Cloth that I had left from Halloween and dyed it with Pumice Stone and Crushed Olive Distress Spray Stain. If you don't have this amazing cloth, then just use hessian ribbon as it will create the same effect. I then wrapped the strip around the centre of the panel and tied it with a knot on the left hand side. I mounted the completed panel onto the centre of my card blank using foam pads to add some dimension.
I then arranged all my leaves in a spray that covered the left hand side of the card and added some Spanish Moss into the arrangement by just tucking it underneath the leaves which also acts as support.

Once I'd done this, I then wanted to create some berries and for these, I used Tim's Bauble Findings which I coloured with Cranberry and Mushroom Alcohol Inks before attaching them into the centre of the leaves.
The final finishing touches to this piece was to add my sentiment, 'a grateful heart' which I took from the Clippings Stickers and placed in the bottom right hand corner.
I then added a Milogros Finding to the knot of the Mummy Cloth which I placed onto a Loop Pin...
...and added a Mini Hardware piece on the opposite side.
So, that completes this week's card and a very special project and once again, I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments and the friendships I have made!
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....

See you very soon, love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Mummy Cloth, corrugated card and moss from my own stash

Monday, 5 November 2018

Come and see us at Christmas...

Hi everyone...

Hope you all had a great weekend and as always at the start of a brand new week, it means that we have a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and today, our theme is called ~ Make Your Own Background.

The DT are also showcasing Carabelle Studio products within their projects which is something you don't have to do to play along with us but we can't wait to see how you do interpret the challenge and hope you'll join in!

For my project, I created an Etcetera Tag that has lots of layers, plenty of dimension and is all about my favourite time of year and dear Santa, who we all hope is going to come and visit us.
So, it's time for the new challenge to begin and here's how I created this piece...
To start I took the medium Etcetera Tag and applied a coat of gesso over the top to prime the surface ready for the mediums that I would be using. Once dry, I then added my paint layers ~ I wanted to create the feel of a frosty Christmas morning and decided to use Iced Spruce Distress Paint combined with Frayed Burlap and Bundled Sage. I applied the first layer of Iced Spruce to give a good coverage and then once it was thoroughly dry, I dry brushed the remaining colours over the top to create more depth. For the final layer, I took a clean paint brush and once again, using the dry brushing technique where you have a minimal amount of paint on the brush, I applied this over the top.

When the paint is dry, I then added my stencilled background, placing the stencil over the top of the painted tag and applying Grit Paste through the stencil. I allowed the paste to dry and because I wanted a snowy effect to this background, I didn't do anything else except add some shading around the outside of the tag, using Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon.

Setting the tag to one side, I moved onto my stamped layer and for this I used the Inventor 6 Stamp set and stamped the image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto a panel of Heavystock card. I water coloured the image using Distress Marker Pens, inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Oxide Ink and splattered the remaining ink across the panel.

After machine stitching a border around the outside...
...I mounted it onto a piece of burlap before attaching it to my tag, using foam pads to create a little dimension and layering it over the top of some Christmas Ephemera pieces and some wood slices.
You can see how the wood slice is just tucked underneath Santa and the panel, in the photo below.
To add even more of an icy feel to this piece, I took one of the fantastic new idea-ology icicles from Tim Holtz. These icicles come clear and are ready for you to create some magic with and for mine, I chose to paint it with a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint and once dry, I added some Matte Collage medium over the top before sprinkling with Rock Candy Dry Distress Glitter. Once the glitter was set, I then pounced some more of the Picket Fence paint over the top. What's cool about this, was the glitter still sparkled through the paint but it created more texture to the surface, which I loved. I attached the frosty icicle directly beneath the stamped panel, adhering the two sides to the wood slices that I placed underneath and just balancing it, so that it appears to be hanging down and suspended. At this stage, I also attached a Christmas Story Stick, which I lightly painted with a White Pearl Metallique paint for a hint of shimmer and also accentuated the wording by applying the Picket Fence Distress Crayon over the top and wiping away the excess. To complete the stick, I added a small Hex Fastener.
Moving onto the next stage, I created some foliage and for this I used the Mini Holiday Greens Die Set and die cut Classic Kraft Card creating various pieces of foliage. I then lightly brushed each piece of the greenery with Picket Fence Distress Paint before then using my finger to apply a small amount of Collage Medium onto the tips. I then dipped the foliage into Rock Candy Dry Distress Glitter to create some sparkle. Allow this to dry thoroughly before placing a few sprigs at the top of the stamped panel and keeping some back for the next stage...
...which is adding Santa! This piece was taken from the Christmas Ephemera set and I just added a strip of card to the back to make him a bit more substantial and attached him to the right of the panel using foam pads to add a little more dimension and placing him over the remaining frosted greenery.
Now for all those little finishing touches, starting with a 'dear santa' quote chip that I placed in the top left corner after sanding the edges and brushing with a smear of Picket Fence Distress Paint. You'll also notice that I added some crinkle ribbon through the hole reinforcer at the top of the tag. This ribbon was dyed with Bundled Sage and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains for a more vintage feel and then just scrunched up in my hand whilst it was wet and allowed to dry,
I also placed a couple of Melange Pebbles into the arrangement at the bottom of the tag, painting them with Metallique Teal and White Pearl Alchemy Acrylic Paint for a shimmery finish and attaching them with Matte Collage Medium. 
Finally, I added a Christmas Clippings sticker, 'Come and see us at Christmas' in the bottom right hand corner and added some Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red to create the look of berries on the Holiday Greens.
 I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and how I created this vintage style Christmas project. As always, it's been so much fun to share my ideas with you and to take you through the process of how this was created.

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....

See you very soon, love Emma xxx

Monday, 29 October 2018

Santa's Christmas Eve Journey....

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend? Here in London, the temperatures have definitely taken a tumble and we've already had a visit from Jack Frost who's spread his icy magic and bought a touch of winter to our mornings! And with this in mind, I can't think of anything better than staying inside where it's warm and cosy and maybe join us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for the brand new challenge ~ TAKE FLIGHT!

For my project, I created a framed panel telling the story of Santa's Christmas Eve journey and charting his flight around the world and I used plenty of Tim Holtz products, old and new to build the scene and bring this project to life....

So, it's time for the new challenge to begin and here's how I created this piece...
To start with I painted my framed panel. This panel comes in two separate pieces, the frame and the back board and to prep these I applied a layer of gesso over the two.

Once dry, I then used Barn Door Distress Paint to add colour to my frame and to the back and sides of the panel. Once again dry the painted surfaces and then using a paint brush, I dry brushed Black Soot Distress Paint over the top to create a more vintage look to the paintwork. To complete the frame, I added a touch of Vintage Gold Alchemy Wax over the top to accentuate the beading.

Set the frame to one side but with the backboard in front of you, cover the surface of the board with a piece of paper from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash. I just adore this design and love that it has a black background showcasing that gorgeous Christmas foliage.

I adhered the paper with Matte Collage Medium, which I also applied over the top to seal the surface. To create an inner frame to the panel, I used some Polka Dot Design Tape, which I adhered around the outside so that it will show when the red painted frame is laid over the top. Attach your frame to the backboard using Matte Collage Medium.
Moving on, it's time to build up the scene and I started by creating my globe which I die cut from Mixed Media Heavystock card. I then applied a layer of Versamark Ink over the top of the die cut and sprinkled with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. After heat embossing the powder until molten and shiny, allow it to cool slightly before dabbing the ink pad over the top again and repeating the process. I did this three times to create the enamelled look before then applying a small amount of gold embossing powder which I then melted into the final layer.
I used foam pads to attach the enamelled die cut over a circle of card covered with the gold glittered Deco Sheet. By applying different heights of pads, it creates a domed effect to the globe. I then attached the globe over the top of one of the Baseboard frames, matted onto burlap and a layer of gold metallic kraft stash card. Attach the mounted globe over the top of the patterned paper.
Now to chart Santa's flight path and for this I used decorative pins but cut them down so they would be the exact height that I needed. I then placed the pins into the globe before wrapping cotton around them.
For the next step, I stamped the image of Santa from Tim's stunning Yuletide Stamp Set and stamped him in Jet Black Archival Ink onto Mixed Media Heavystock Card. He was then watercolored using Distress Marker Pens before I went on to fussy cut him, carefully trimming around the outline. Setting Santa to one side, I moved onto creating the baubles and for this I didn't want any colour on them, they needed to remain white but I did add some Rock Candy Glitter to half of them ~ so some of them sparkled and others shone which created a lovely contrast. I attached each of the baubles with Matte Collage Medium, placing them beneath the frame and attaching a Christmas Quote Chip directly below.
Retrieving Santa, I attached him with foam pads, placing a Christmas Tree taken from the Tim Holtz Ephemera Pack behind him. You will see that I have lightly glittered the tree for added sparkle and adding a small amount of cheesecloth beneath his feet to ground him.
The foam pads create wonderful dimension to this piece, which you can see below....
For the little details to complete the project, I added hex Fasteners to the corners of the frame and placed a mini plaquette at the top.
As a finishing touch, I added some stars ~ three die cut stars, left over from a previous project and cut from gold metallic kraft stash which I placed onto the globe and then two small Star Adornments painted with Barn Door Distress Paint and added to either side of the Quote Chip.
As always, I hope you've loved how this project came together and the story behind it ~ it sure was a lot of fun to create and I hope the photos show all the sparkle and shimmer that this gives!

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....

See you very soon, love Emma xxx

Monday, 22 October 2018

Would You Dare Take A Bite?

Hello everyone...

Another week has flown by and it's Monday already but the good news is that because it's Monday, it means that there is a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge starting today and this week our theme is all about HALLOWEEN and everything SPOOKY! As always, we would love you to join us and play along and the DT can't wait to see your projects.

This is sadly my last Halloween project of the year because it's time to pack away the ghouls and break out the snowflakes but I wanted to make a Halloween Treat Box, that could be filled with chocolate pumpkins and ready to display amongst my table decorations. So, with this in mind, I chose to create a vignette box, packed full of Tim Holtz goodies that will create a spooktacular scene including tombstones, wonky trees and an uninvited guest...
So, it's time for the brand new challenge to begin and here's how I created this piece...

To begin with I took the second largest vignette box and matching Vignette Panel which would become the lid and painted them both with Black Soot Distress Paint. Once the painted box and lid was thoroughly dry, I then cut and attached panels of the beautiful flocked paper (I am in love with this design, it's so rich and opulent and perfect for this project) and using Matte Collage Medium, adhered these to the sides of my box. I then cut a panel of the wood effect paper from the Paper Stash and adhered this to the lid.

At this stage, I also lined the inside of the box with paper, giving it a really nice finish before adding the Mini Foundations to the bottom of the box, which I'd altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink, combined with a little Rose Gold Mixative.

Setting the box to one side but with the lid in front of me, I started work on this section ~ bringing Count Dracula to life!

For this I used the vampire from the Ghoulish die set and started by cutting four images from thick pieces of card, about 350gsm in weight and then layering the card over the top of one another to create one solid figure. Once the figure is set and it feels solid, I then painted it with Black Soot Paint, back and front and again allowed it to dry. I also added just a flash of Festive Berries Distress Paint to his collar.

To give some shading to the figure and add a look of being dusty and worn, I applied a touch of Old Silver Alchemy Wax around the edge.
To build up the scene, I added some cheesecloth, or Mummy Cloth whichever you have to hand which I dyed with Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone and Black Soot Distress Spray Stain and draped the cloth over the lid, attaching it with dots of Matte Collage Medium to hold it in place. At this stage, I also attached my black silhouette, applying the medium along the bottom of the die cut and just holding it in place until it felt as if it would stand. To make sure this is solid, I would leave it overnight with a support at the back!

Next, I took my Tombstones and using my fingertip, I smeared a tiny amount of Grit Paste over the surface, you only need a minimal amount. Once the paste was dry and I'd given it a dirty appearance, I added the Remnant Rubs onto the fronts (I just love the names of these people, makes me laugh every time). I attached the Ima Goner and Izzy Dead's tombstones over the top of the cloth, placing them either side of Count Dracula.
Now for my wonky trees, and for these I used the Mini Woodland trees, dyed with a combination of Peeled Paint and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain. Once the trees are dry, I then bend them slightly to give the weird and wacky look and attached them amongst the scene.
I used the die cut bats, taken from the Ghoulish Die set and placed these onto the trees...
...before attaching some moss in-between all the pieces and adding some pumpkins, a skull and boneyard findings. I also added some Mini Art Stones at the front, just to create a little texture. These stones are adhered with the Collage Medium and painted with metallic paints.
As the finishing touch, I added my metal gates either side of the scene.
Finally, I attached a Halloween Quote Chip, 'an uninvited guest' to the front of the box...
...and all that's left for me to do is fill it with chocolate pumpkins (thank you Marks & Spencer for making these every year because they are delicious) and it's all ready to add to my decorations!
Thank you so much for daring to drop by today and all that's left for me to do is wish you all a very happy and safe Halloween!

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....

See you very soon, love Emma xxx

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