Monday, 4 January 2021

A Heart Full of Bright Hopes

Hello friends and Happy 2021!

Hope you all had a wonderful and safe Christmas! It was definitely different to other years where we've had family gatherings and spent time with loved ones but even though it was quiet, it was definitely a special day!

So as we close the door on 2020, we say hello to a brand new year and this week's Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp see's us celebrating all things new with our challenge ~ USE A NEW/OR UNUSED PRODUCT! The DT are also showcasing Brutus Monroe products within our projects, which is not something you need to do to play along but if you have any of their products in your craft stash, then we'd love to see what you do with them.

For my project, I chose to use a brand new Brutus Monroe stencil to create a background for my tag, which is all about a brand new year, one that I think we all hope will bring us all health, happiness and maybe even a small return to normality!

Here we's time to start the first SSS challenge of 2021!


I started by creating a background for my tag and I wanted to use watercolour card for this particular project and I cut the card into a Size 8 tag shape. You can get a die for this, but I haven't got one so I just cut around the outline of a Mixed Media Heavystock tag in my stash.

I then inked the tag with a combination of Speckled Egg, Ice Spruce, Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stains. I misted the stains over the tag which I'd dampened with a light misting of water, I also spritzed more water over the inks to blend them together.

After heating drying the tag, I added some stamping to the background. I used the script and music score stamp from the Poinsettia stamp set and stamped directly onto the tag with Black Soot Archival Ink. I also used the flourish stamp and stamped the image around the edge of the tag using clear embossing ink and Ultra Fine Gilded embossing powder by Brutus Monroe.

Now for my new product and I used the Bubbles stencil from Brutus Monroe and applied Distress Crackle Paste through the stencil, applying it to the top right and bottom left hand corner.

Working quickly whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder over the top, tapped away the excess and then set to one side, allowing the paste to crackle and do it's thing. And once that has happened, I then heat embossed the powdered covered crackle, being careful not to overheat the paste.

After machine stitching a border around the edge, I adhered it onto a Size 8 Etcetera Tag, using Matte Collage Medium and added the hole reinforcer piece, which I'd crackled and painted with Evergreen Bough and a touch of Walnut Stain Distress paint.

Moving on, it's time to make my heart...

For this I used the Sizzix Heartbeat Thinlits die by Tim Holtz and a panel of white heavystock card. This die actually cuts into the card but I wanted to have a stand alone heart. So to create this, I began by die cutting the heart as normal and then just used the pieces that fall out of the die cut. I also removed the heartbeat rhythm line from inside the die cut, before putting the waste to one side to use later.

Taking the two heart sections, I painted these with a combination of Candied Apple and Black Soot Distress Paint, applying a layer of Candied Apple first and then dry brushing a layer of Black Soot over the top to deepen and intensify the colour.

Once happy, I then applied the Distress Embossing Dabber over the top of each of the painted heart sections, sprinkled with Brutus Monroe Icicle Ultra Fine embossing powder and then heat embossed each piece.

I repeated this process a further couple of times to create an enamelled effect to the heart.

Taking the heartbeat line, I applied the dabber to the line and embossed this with Brutus Monroe Gilded Ultra Fine embossing powder.

Now to piece my heart back together and I used the heart section that I placed to one side and I needed to create a solid heart shape to mount my pieces on to and this is where the waste heart die cut comes into play, I used this as a stencil to trace around the heart onto a piece of card before cutting around the pencil outline to give me one solid heart.

I then pieced my painted heart sections and the heartbeat line onto the solid heart that I cut, giving me one complete red heart, the thickness of chipboard.

To add some detail and shading to the heart, I just dabbed around the edge of the die cut with my embossing dabber before applying some gold embossing powder and heat embossing to create more of a vintage feel.

To finish the heart, I added some Black Soot Distress Paint, and using a minimal amount on a paintbrush, I brushed the paint over the top and working quickly before it dried, I wiped away the excess, just allowing the paint to sit in all the 'nooks and crannies' on the die cut.

For the wings, I used the Winged 3D Embossing Die and cut one set of wings from gold metallic kraft stash. I applied some Black Soot Distress Paint over the top of the wings, and as before, I wiped away the excess so that it just accentuated the die cut.

To elongate the wings so that they are behind the heart, I snipped them into half and reattached each one behind my heart shape.

Attach the heart to the tag using foam pads.

Beneath the heart, I added a piece of torn corrugated card, which I painted with a combination of Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Paints before adding some Vintage Gold Alchemy Gilding Wax over the top. I inked the torn edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and attached across the bottom section of the tag.

The embossed metal was actually left over from a separate project, but this is just a piece of metallic 3 kraft stash embossed using the 3D Foundry Texture Fade. I then used a combination of Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze, and Ground Espresso to colour the metal.

I attached the strip of metal across the tag, placing it over the top of the corrugated card and wrapping it around the sides before adding some Hardware Heads to either side. These are painted with Distress Paints to create more of rusty finish.

After die cutting the numbers, 2021 and cutting each number three times from black card using the Alphanumeric Classic lower case Thinlits die ~ I layered the die cuts over the top of one another to create the look of chipboard letters. I then used a little of the Alchemy Gilding Wax over the top and attached them onto my metal strip using matte collage medium.

I added a few die cut hearts, cut from red card using the Falling Hearts die and all found in my leftovers box and attached these to the background and also placed some smaller strips of the embossed metal, wrapping them around the edges of the tag.

We're nearly there and all that's left is the finishing touches!

I added a Clippings Sticker to tell the story ~ "heart full of bright hopes"...

...and then added a Swivel Clasp into the hole at the top of the tag, complete with a Typed Token, "hope", both of which I altered with Distress Paints to create more of a vintage, rusty feel to the metal work.

So that's it from me for today and I hope you love this tag and the ideas and inspiration I've shown in my post.

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Stampers Anonymous: The Poinsettia, Size 8 Etcetera Tag
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Evergreen Bough, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass, and Antiqued Bronze

Monday, 21 December 2020

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas...

Hello friends and Merry Christmas...

Well, it's been a strange year with so many ups and downs for quite a few of us but here we are, it's finally Christmas time and it's also the last Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for 2020, as this challenge will be lasting for two weeks and we'll be back on January 4th!

Our theme for this week is CELEBRATE and with this in mind, I chose to create a very classic vintage style card for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, and this card is for all of you ~ for everyone who has supported and visited my blog, for all the loves and likes you always leave on my Instagram and Facebook feeds and for all the lovely comments you've written about my projects ~ it's all of this that makes the hard work so worthwhile and from the bottom of my heart, I wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas!

So, here we go with the final SSS challenge and this is how I created my card, sent to you with love!

To begin with I created a landscape card blank to measure, 21 x 12cm. I then began to create my background layers and after cutting a panel of White Heavystock Card, 20 x 11cm, I spritzed the card with a light misting of water and then used a combination of Chipped Sapphire, Speckled Egg, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stains. I also included a little Pumice Stone Oxide Spray into the mix. By layering the inks, it gave me the perfect blue that I wanted for my background. I heat dried the card for speed and then inked around the edge with a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink before adding a machine stitched border.

I matted the card panel onto gold shimmer card stock and than on the left hand side, I added a strip of Silver Velvet Trims Ribbon, and secured the ends with tape at the back.

After mounting the panel onto the card blank, I moved onto the stamped panel.

For this I used the Stampers Anonymous Holiday Scenes stamp set from Tim Holtz and stamped the image, courtesy of the Stamp Platform, using Black Soot Archival Ink onto a piece of Distress Watercolour card, slightly larger in size than the stamped image. I then coloured the image with Distress Inks and a water brush ~ I wanted to keep that beautiful vintage look to this image, so I made sure the colouring was very soft and resembled a very light colour tint as you would see on vintage cards.

I inked around the edge of the stamped panel with Frayed Burlap DI and splashed a little water over the top, protecting the coloured image with some tissue, so that no water droplets accidently fell onto that. Dab away any excess water and heat dry.

Once I was happy, I added some sparkle to the roof and the trees using Matte Collage Medium, painted on with a fine detail brush and then sprinkled Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the top.

I machine stitched another border around this panel and matted it onto kraft card, that I cut with the Deckle Trimmer and a layer of gold metallic kraft card. To add a little more detail, I added a mini fastener to each corner before I then attached the panel with foam pads onto my covered card blank.

Now for the finishing touches and I used an array of my Tim Holtz die cut Christmas foliage ~ most of these pieces I had already cut and never used on previous projects but they are all cut from Mixed Media Heavystock card which inked with a combination of Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness, Iced Spruce and Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stains. The dies that make up this arrangement are:

Deck The Halls, Mini Holiday Greens and Winter Wardrobe.

Once I had all my die cut pieces ready, I gave them a frosting of ice by smearing a little Matte Collage Medium over the top and then sprinkling with more of the Rock Candy Distress Glitter.

I arranged the foliage in a spray in the top left hand corner of my card, and added a hinge clip that has a small strip of the Velvet Ribbon Trims threaded through the clip.

To add the berries, I used Tonic Nuvo Drops in Postbox Red and these also have a frosting of the Rock Candy Glitter over the top.

Now to create those cones and inspired by one of Tim's recent demos, I used one of the dies from the Tiny Tattered Florals and after cutting two separate die cuts from kraft card, I inked them with Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. I then assembled the cones before tipping the ends of each with white Gesso. Once the gesso was dry, I then frosted these with the Rock Candy Glitter so they match the foliage perfectly.

I hot glued the cones into place in the centre of the arrangement.

Finally, I added the small ephemera piece, 25¢ each and placed this to the right of the stamped panel.

So that's it from me for today, and I hope you love the card I've made especially for you.

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today!
No matter where you are in the world, and no matter how hard this Christmas will be for so many of us ~ I wish you all have a wonderful and very happy Christmas ~ stay safe.
Love Emma xxx

Monday, 14 December 2020


 Hello friends and Happy Monday!

As another week begins, it's time for the new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ICE COLD! So, if you would like to join us and play along, the DT are looking forward to seeing all the magical, icy creations you create.

For my project this week, I chose to create a Christmas card ~ I will admit, I'm running behind making Christmas cards this year, but with 10 days to go, I might...might just get a couple of special cards made including this one, which was inspired by Disney's Frozen and of course, my favourite colour, ice blue.

So, let's begin and here's how I created this card, full of icy magic...

To begin with I created the backgrounds, the main background is a panel of Mixed Media Heavystock, 12 x 15cm and the second is a Size 8 tag.

To colour the cardstock and tag, I applied Speckled Egg and Iced Spruce Distress Inks to my glass mat and after lightly spritzing the inks and the card surfaces, I dipped the card into the inks to pick up the colour. To blend the colours together, I spritzed a little more water over the inked surface and then heat dried the cardstock.

After adding some stamped layers, using the script and music stamps from the Vintage Holidays stamp set, I wanted to add texture and used a palette knife to apply some gesso by scraping the medium over random areas of the inked background. Once this was dry, I then applied some Crackle Paste, again applying it with a palette knife and adding it quite randomly.

Leave aside to dry and let the crackle do it's thing and once this is done, I took the Iced Spruce, Pumice Stone, Rustic Wilderness and Speckled Egg Distress Crayons, applying the colour over the top of my card and tag and using my finger, which I dampened slightly to blend out the colour and allow it to sink into the crackles.

I then cut a panel of vellum and wrapped this around the matted layer of the large card panel, before machine stitching a border around the outside of the large card panel...

...and securing the vellum in place and then matting both surfaces onto champagne gold metallic kraft stash, taken from the Metallic 3 Kraft Stash.

I matted the larger panel onto white card cut using the Deckle Edge Trimmer and then a panel of Fog Grey card. I mounted this panel onto a kraft card blank which I inked around the edge using the Picket Fence Distress Ink Pad.

Now for the snowflake, and building that dimension as the focal point...

For this I used the Sizzix Stunning Snowflake die from Tim Holtz.

I began by cutting both of the Snowflakes three times from Heavystock card. Each of these flakes have two separate pieces, so after removing the centres of each one, I set the inside of the larger one to one side and then, layered the die cuts over the top of one another to create three separate flakes, approximately the thickness of chipboard. I primed the surfaces with gesso and then painted each of them using Speckled Egg Distress Paint. Once the paint was dry, I then used the Embossing Dabber and pounced the dabber over the top of the larger flake, before sprinkling with Emerald Creek Marshmallow Rock Embossing Powder and heat embossing it. This gave a more random effect to the embossing, rather than a solid finish, which is what I then went onto do with the outside section of the second flake. You can see that the one flake is solid white and layered over the top of the larger flake which is Speckled Egg blue with a hint of the embossing powder.

There is one remaining blue flake, and for this I applied a coat of Matte Collage Medium over the top and then sprinkled it with Rock Candy Distress glitter. Allow this to dry. 

I now have three separate flakes and layered them over the top of one another to create one dimensional snowflake and added a gold Metallic Droplet to the centre.

I attached the snowflake to my tag.

Beneath the snowflake I added my wording and for this I used a piece vellum and a piece of acetate, both cut to the same size, 8.5 x 3cm.

Using the Dashing Through The Snow stamp from the Bold Tidings Set, I used Stazon Snowflake Ink Pad to ink the word "SNOW" only and stamped this onto the acetate. 

I then layered the acetate over the top of the vellum and clipped it either side, attaching it across the bottom of the tag, using Tiny Clips which I altered with a little Gilded Alloy Alcohol Ink.

To complete the tag, I added a Remnant Rub, "Believe In the Magic", placing it underneath the acetate strip.

After attaching the tag to my card blank using foam pads, I added some Mummy Cloth which I dyed using Iced Spruce and Speckled Egg Distress Spray Stains. I threaded this through the hole in the tag and tied a small Antiqued Gem on the end of the cloth.

To complete the card, I added some Hardware Heads, again altered with Gilded Alloy Ink and placed 3 each down the sides of the card...

...and that finishes my card, inspired by Frozen and I hope you love what I've created.

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and well, and see you again soon.
Love Emma xxx

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