Monday, 1 September 2014

Bold Stamping ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

It's the start of Stamptember over at Simon Says Stamp and I really hope you'll join us for a month long stamp party full of inspiration and celebrations.
I can't quite believe how fast this year has flown but here we are, at the start of a brand new month and a brand new week, which of course means that we have an exciting new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, we challenge you to make a statement and use some BOLD STAMPING! Whether it be with bright ink, a large stamp or a bold statement ~ we can't wait t see what you create.

For my project, I love this time of year and I wanted to capture the feel of beautiful colours that start appearing as the leaves change and we head into a new season ~ so, with this in mind and with the challenge of bold stamping, I decided to use a large stamp as the background for my autumnal/fall inspired burlap panel. As always, I hope you love what I've made...
To begin with, I applied some Gesso over random areas of the Burlap Panel and gave it a blast with the heat gun to dry it, or just set it aside whilst you move on to the next stage ~ stamping!

For this, I used a piece of Manila card which I swiped through some Distress Stains, spritzed with a little water, that I applied to my craft sheet. I dried the card before inking up the large Damask stamp from Tim Holtz with Forest Moss Distress Ink and stamping the image onto the centre of the card. Whilst the ink is still wet, I applied some Sticky Embossing Powder over the top, heated it with a heat tool and then added some Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the top, tipping away the excess glitter and returning it to the pot.
I then machine sewed around the edge of the card and matted it onto some Spiced Marmalade Core'Dinations card, which I distressed around the edges. I attached the layers of card onto my panel using Multi Medium and then inked the edges of the panel with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Now to decorate and for this, I started by hand dying two pieces of Crinkle Ribbon using Spiced Marmalade, a touch of Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon Distress Stains. I tied one piece of ribbon around the bottom section of the panel and then added a bow to the right hand side, using the second piece.

I then used Grungepaper to die cut all my decorative pieces using the Tattered Leaves die, the "oh so cute" owl from the Mini Owl and Crescent Moon die set and I trimmed some twigs from the Bird Branch die. I coloured all the leaves and twigs, using Distress Inks and arranged them all, together with some cheese cloth and some real moss, in the bottom right hand corner, placing them around the bow and attaching them with a hot glue gun.
For the owl, I covered the Grungepaper with a layer of Black Soot Distress Paint and once the paint was dry, I added some Rock Candy Crackle Paint. When the crackles have started to appear, you can speed up the process using a heat gun and once you're happy that the paint is completely dry, I added some Black Soot Distress Stain over the top and allowed it to sink deep into the crackles. I then added my little owl to the branch arrangement.
To complete the arrangement, I added an antique button to the centre of the bow.
As a finishing touch to the panel, I used some mirrored stars, a chit chat sticker and added the word "Twilight" and then place a Remnant Rub spider underneath the word, drawing a fine line between them to look as if the spider is hanging from it's web.
Finally, I added some corners to the panel, which I altered slightly with Picket Fence Distress Paint and a Curio Knob to the top.

So, that's it from me for today and I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this piece. s 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Distress Glitter ~ Rock Candy
Moss and Antique Button from my stash

Saturday, 30 August 2014

It's A Wonderful Life...

Hello everyone!

Hope you've all had a fabulous week and a great start to the weekend!!

Today, I'm sharing my August tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014, which you can read all about on Tim's blog, HERE. Talk about leaving mine until the last minute but it's better late than never and I had a lot of fun working on this one, yesterday afternoon.

This month, Tim wanted us to follow our creative muse and the inspiration behind my tag was that August 2014 couldn't have got any better! It has been a whirlwind month, I'm on an exciting new journey and joining Tim's Media Team has been a dream come true. So, with that in mind ~ that's why I titled this tag 'it's a wonderful life" and I hope you love my interpretation of the Tim's wonderful tag.
I followed the same techniques as Tim used on his but I used the beautiful butterflies from the Papillon stamp set. I love how the image looks as if it's part of the Tissue Tape that was laid down on the tag before I stamped on it!
The background is created using Evergreen Bough, Stormy Sky and a touch of Rusty Hinge Distress Stain and I used the Ranger Texture Paste to create my embossed areas.
The little label is stitched on using a machine and I added a mirrored star in the corner.
I added a bow that was hand dyed with Distress Stains and added a pen nib to the centre....
...and as a finishing touch, I added my idea-ology pieces to complete the tag.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
I'll see you on Monday with my new Simon Says Stamp Challenge post.
Have a great weekend...Emma xx



Friday, 29 August 2014

Make A Wish...

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop by today to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my first tutorial over on Tim Holtz's blog as a member of the Tim Holtz Media Team. I've been blown away by all the lovely comments you've left me on Tim's blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and I really do appreciate every single word! :) Thank you!!!

So, back to today and I'm sharing a couple of cards that I made using the gorgeous By The Sea paper collection from Graphic 45. I was thrilled to have these featured on the front cover of the August issue of Making Cards Magazine, where I also included full instructions on how to make them.

I hope you love what I've made...

On this card, as you can see, I did quite a bit of fussy cutting to create the collection of seashells along the bottom. It does take a while but it creates wonderful embellishments for your cards.

With the exception of the matting and layering card, vintage ribbon, decorative pins and driftwood...all items are from the By The Sea paper collection by Graphic 45.




Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week...love Emma xx


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Best Of Times Tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team

Hello everyone....

Today, I'm really thrilled to be sharing my very first Tim Holtz Media Team tutorial over on Tim's blog.

In this tutorial, I've focused on stamping to create main focal points and backgrounds to create a slider card with a hidden message.

To see the tutorial in full, then head on over to Tim's blog and I hope you'll enjoy the step by step of how I made this card!

Thank you for your visits today and I'll see you soon!
Emma x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Witch-Kraft ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend and you're ready for the week ahead! Today, there is a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's all about WITCH KRAFT!! This challenge was suggested by my talented team member, Sandra and yes, we might be a bit early with this one, but the word play combined with getting a jump on autumn decor and a new colour palette has us eager. What magic will you work with kraft? Or will your project be more witchy? Whether themed or colour based ~ you can hop on your broom and fly a lot of directions for this one!!

But if you're like me and you love Halloween, then I hope my project inspires you! I couldn't resist playing with the new Tim Holtz stamps and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to break open those packets and get inky ~ as always, I hope you love what I've made!

To begin with I applied some Distress Stains to my craft sheet, spritzed them with water and then took a piece of white card and swooshed the card through the stains. I love the random patterns that this technique gives you and for a halloween background, this is perfect! Any droplets of ink that are left on the craft sheet, just mop them up with your card.
I inked up the spider's web stamp with black Archival Ink and then stamped the image in the two corners of my card. Next, I needed to get those pumpkins made and for this, I used the Blueprint stamps, stamped three pumpkins, separately onto water colour card and then painted them, using a water brush and Distress Marker Pens. I cut each pumpkin out and set them aside for later.

I then stamped my absolute favourite image from Tim's Halloween stamps...those three cats and stamped these directly onto my background!
Using foam pads, I attached my painted pumpkins around them, so that it looked as if they were poking up from behind the pumpkins.
I stamped the Happy Halloween message onto another piece of inked card, cut it out and mounted it onto my card, together with some cheesecloth which I tucked underneath the pumpkins.
To complete the scene, I used a die cut pediment, painted with a layer of Inky Pool Fresco Finish Paint, before adding a layer of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze and finishing with a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint. I then popped one of Tim's Idea-Ology Crossbones in the centre.
To complete the card, I matted it onto further card layers and used a white gel pen, I added a white dashed background around the main image.
I really hope you've loved this fun halloween card, as much as I loved making it! 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Distress Ink ~ Black Soot
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints ~ Crackle Glaze, Snowflake, Inky Pool 
Idea-Ology ~ Crossbones

Saturday, 23 August 2014

In The Potting Shed with Craftwork Cards

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful week and looking forward to the weekend! Now, if you're like me then I plan to spend my weekend crafting and if you're looking for some new and exciting products, then look no further than the Craftwork Cards Weekender that starts today on Create and Craft!! This is a not to be missed collection and there are so many fabulous new items that Julie Hickey will be demoing live for you throughout today and tomorrow!
As always, all of the Craftwork Cards Design Team have been busy, busy, busy creating some amazing samples and here's a little sneaky peek of what I've made and will share with you very soon!


So, what are you waiting for...grab a cup of coffee and sit down to watch the brand new launch of the The Potting Shed!

See you all on Monday with my latest Simon Says Stamp project.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for dropping by today



Monday, 18 August 2014

Discover Beauty ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Hello everyone...

Another busy week has flown by and another weekend is over but that means it's the start of a new week, new adventures and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, and this week ~ ANYTHING GOES!!

Yes, you can create anything you want and we can't wait to see what you make!

For my project, I created a little mini album inspired by my love of my garden. I absolutely adore making these little albums as keepsakes and as soon as I saw the new Layered Bee from Tim Holtz, I just knew that it would be perfect for this project and for once, it turned out exactly how I envisaged it in my head!!
So, here's how I made it...

To begin with, I took a couple of chipboard covers from We R Memory Keepers and covered both of these with some gorgeous burlap paper from DCWV. I gave the front cover a coat of Gesso and dried it with a heat tool before layering a piece of Tissue Wrap over the top, attaching it with Multi Medium. Once this layer was dry, I added a wash of Distress Paints and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I loved how the edges frayed a little to give that really shabby look to the cover. To complete the basic cover, I then added some Idea-Ology Mini Corners to the front cover.

Now it's time to decorate and for this, I started by using the Honeycomb Framework die and die cut a piece of Grungeboard. I painted the Grungeboard with Distress Paints to give the look of verdigris and then threaded a piece of hand dyed crinkle ribbon through and attached it to my cover, using the mini attacher. I added a bow and then then hung a monocle from a wire pin, which you will see that I added a little Remnant Rub too, then attached the monocle to the centre of the bow and added some decorative pins.
The next step was to create the bee, which is die cut from Grungeboard, then embossed with the Texture Fade. 
I used Distress Paints to colour the bee and then used Black Soot Distress Ink to highlight the embossed areas of the die cut.
I then added the bee to my album cover, slightly shaped the wings to give dimension.
The final touch for the cover was to add some Alpha Parts, Remnant Rubs and a Idea-Ology word band, which I added some colour to using Antique Bronze Distress Paint and attached using Prima Mini Brads.
For the inside, I used some of the papers from the Wallflower Paper Stash and distressed them around the edge using a sanding tool. 
To complete the album, I used DCWV woven paper cardstock to create my pages, kraft tags for me to journal on and added a Stencil Mark Clip to bookmark my pages. I then punched holes into the covers and added eyelets before holding the album together with book rings, aged with Antique Bronze Distress Paint.
So now, all I need to do is fill the album with my precious garden photos and I'm going to have such a wonderful time choosing which ones to feature.
I really hope you've enjoyed this week's tutorial and I've inspired you with my mini album. 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain and Black Soot
Distress Stain ~ Shabby Shutters, Tumbled GlassAntique Linen used to hand dye the ribbon
Ranger Size 8 Manila Tags



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