Monday, 16 July 2018

Shine Like Gold, Sparkle Like Glitter...

Hi everyone...

Hope you had a good weekend and feeling refreshed for another week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE and as the title suggests, we want you to add some shimmer and shine to your projects!

This week, I chose to create a card but this isn't any ordinary card, this is a very special card for my parents who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year! So, with the title of the challenge and this wonderful occasion ahead of us, I thought there was no better time to get sparkly and decided to combine the two to create a card for their special day! I also wanted to show you how you can mix and match some of Tim's flower and foliage dies and how well they all work together to make one beautiful floral bouquet.
So, it's time to get started and time for the new challenge to begin...
...and here's how I created this card and these dimensional sugar coated flowers!
To begin with I began with the background ~ I knew that I wanted to use these flowers because both my parents love their garden and also love this colour of flower...so with this in mind, I chose to create a neutral background that provided natural texture but didn't have much colour but did have a really earthy, botanical feel to it and I went with the Lumber 3D Texture Fade and embossed a piece of kraft card. The card I used was slightly larger than the embossing folder, but all you need to do, is place and align the card in the folder for the first pass and then just turn the card around, align it again in the folder, ensuring that the embossing will meet and there won't be any gaps and pass it through the machine again. I now had my 14 x19cm piece of kraft card embossed and also embossed a second piece of kraft card, approx 11.5 x 14cm. Now to add colour and for this, I began by using Brushed Corduroy Distress Spray Stain and spritzed this over the background before then dry brushing Ground Espresso over the top to accentuate the raised areas and give the paper such a realistic look of wood, which is all due to the folder and a little ink and paint!
Matt both piece of embossed card onto gold metallic kraft card and then mount them onto the front of a kraft card blank.

Moving onto the next layer and for this I used the Stacked Postage Stamp die to die cut a piece of paper from the Etcetera Paper Stash, and then added a machine stitched around the outside before matting onto kraft card and attaching to my card front using foam pads.
For the border strip across the bottom, I just had to try out one of the brand new, and simply amazing 3D Impresslits Cut and Emboss dies from Tim Holtz and used the Scallop design to cut a piece of metallic kraft card which I then aged using Rust, Black and Sailboat Blue Alcohol Inks. I attached the strip beneath my patterned paper layer.
I now have all my layers in place and just need to start adding those embellishments...starting with the numbers and letters. For the 50, I used the Deco Alpha Die to die cut a piece of chipboard and then added a good coating of Matte Collage Medium over the top before sprinkling the numbers with some Gold Rush Glitter from Prima.
For the word, YEARS I chose to use the Typography Findings letters and once again gave them a coat of Collage Medium and then sprinkled these with Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust. This glitter is such a fine glitter and is perfect for getting into all the nooks and crannies of the letters.

Allow the glittered pieces to dry before attaching them over the top of the patterned paper layer, adding a Metallic Quote Sticker, 'Always & Forever' below.
For the flowers, I chose to use a combination of dies by Tim Holtz ~ Garden Greens, Funky Florals 2 & 3 and finally the Tiny Tattered Florals. I love how you can combine all these dies to create such a beautiful floral display.
For the display down the left hand side and to make the three larger flowers, I used the large flower die from the Funky Floral 3 set and die cut two layers of the petals and stamens from Mixed Media Heavyweight card to create one bloom. I added just a hint of Shabby Shutters to the centres of the petals and the stamens are coloured with Victorian Velvet Stain and to complete the flowers. To add a little more sparkle to this piece, I then applied a smear of Collage Medium to the ends of the stamens before dipping them into Rock Candy Dry Glitter. To complete the flowers, I added a Bauble Finding coloured with Lettuce Alcohol Ink to the centres.
The flat flowers are again cut from the same cardstock and coloured with the same inks before being layered before adding some more Rock Candy Glitter to give them a beautiful sugar coated look.

I then cut some foliage from Classic Kraft Stash Card and used the Garden Greens and some of the foliage dies from Funky Floral 2 to create these.

Once I had all my pieces, I layered them over sisal fibres and just built up the display.

For the left hand side, I made two of the largest flowers from the set using the dies in the Mini Tattered Florals die. Once again I coloured these with Victorian Velvet, created the mini florals and then placed them on the right hand side with some more die cut foliage.

I added a Metal Butterfly to the piece, which has just a light coverage of gliding wax over the top and completed the card with some Mini Hardware pieces on the top right and bottom left hand corners....
...and placed a clip onto one of the matted layers.
My card is now complete and ready for the big day and I was so happy with how it turned out, the textures from Tim's new 3D dies and embossing folders and the gorgeous flowers are the perfect combination and created a card that is ready to hand over to two very special people!
 

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....





Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx





Monday, 9 July 2018

Remember The Time...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and looking forward to a brand new week of sunshine and speaking of sunny days and holidays, today is the start of a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called...SUMMER FUN! We hope you'll join us for this fun challenge and we can't wait to see how you'll interpret the theme.

For my project, I created a panel all about summer friendships. When I was little, once the summer holidays had arrived and there was no more school for 7 weeks, my parents would take me to the beach during that time and I would enjoy days of paddling in the sea and playing on the sand and I remember those days so well...no cares in the world and no worries, just fun, fun fun. So with this in mind, I wanted to put my thoughts to canvas and made this panel full of dimension and layers that incapsulated those memories and also included techniques to create the look of sun, sea, sand and travel.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I took a pre-gessoed canvas board, measuring 24 x 18cm. Then, using Broken China, Peacock Feathers and a small amount of Faded Jeans, I brayed each of the individual colours over the surface. I wanted to use the brayer to apply my paint because I didn't want a solid block colour, I just wanted the paint to kiss the canvas and allow some of the white to show through.

Once the paint was dry, I then added some torn tissue tape to the right hand side of the canvas, giving it a coat of Matte Collage Medium to ensure it was adhered. After applying a smear of Snow White Impasto Paint over the top of the taped areas and adding extra colour with Pumice Stone Distress Crayons, I applied Grit Paste through the Dotted Layering Stencil and allowed this to dry.
Once completely dry, I then used metallic watercolour paints to add some drips and runs to the background and add colour to some of the pasted areas and then flicked some gold and Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface. I also lightly stamped some text onto the canvas using the script stamp from the Entomology stamp set.

To complete the background I used a heat tool to dry the paint and added some Crackle Paste around the outside. Set the canvas to one side for the paste to dry and the crackles to appear before adding Ground Espresso Distress Ink over the top of the crackles, spritzing lightly with water and allowing the ink to seep into the cracks. Wipe away any excess ink.
Now to move onto the central section and all those wonderful layers and embellishments ~ I began by creating the shell which was cut from heavyweight card using the Seashell die by Tim Holtz and then embossed with the matching folder. I then added some colour and began by painting the shell with Mustard Seed Distress Paint and adding highlights with white acrylic paint and shading, using darker paints.
I set the shell aside to dry and moved onto the tag which you can see poking out...

For this I used one of the medium sized heavyweight tags by Tim Holtz and added colour by swiping it through Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Inks. I then inked the edges with Ground Espresso DI and stamped the postmark and numbers from the Correspondence stamp set. To create a more worn feel, I crumpled the tag and then unfolded it before adding some linen ribbon through the hole reinforcer.

Next stage is to build up the layers and for this I began by adding some strips of design tape, the Carte Postale from the Collector's Ephemera and some Snippets Ephemera, all adhered into place with Collage Medium.
I then attached my seashell, shaped to create more dimension and a realistic look to the shell and my crumpled tag which as you can see, sit underneath my image and are all layered on the left hand side...
Now for my focal point and the image that I wanted to use, which I took from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives Occasions set but you could use one of your own if you prefer. I cut the image down to fit my canvas and then mounted it onto ivory cardstock to create a border before matting it over the top of a torn piece of corrugated card, painted with gesso to create a whitewash effect.
I also added some colour to the image using Distress Marker pens, some glitter highlights and a Clippings Sticker, 'true friend'.

At this stage, I also attached some Melange Pebbles, painted amber and blue/green using various colours of Finnabair's Sparks Paints from Prima and just adhered these into place using Collage Medium and also added some die cut foliage. The foliage is cut from green Classic Kraft Cardstock and Metallic Kraft Cardstock and just placed around the photo, together with some moss from my stash.

Now to add that texture and the elements of the sea and for this I used Prima Art Stones by Finnabair, held in place with 3D Gel that is just added directly onto the canvas in the places that I want the texture. Once the gel is dry, which ideally would be overnight...I then added some shimmer using Unicorn's Hair Acrylic Paint. You can see from all the photos just how much texture these tiny pebbles add to the piece.
To complete the panel, I added a 'Remember This' Quote Chip and a real seashell...
So, that completes this week's project which really does have so much dimension and layers that are mostly created using Tim Holtz products...
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....





Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx




Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets: Entomology, Correspondence
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Seashells Die and Texture Fade, Funky Floral 2
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dotted
Distress Ink: Ground Espresso
Heat Gun
Moss, Found Relatives Photo and shell from my own stash

Monday, 2 July 2018

Beautiful & Brave....

Hello friends...

As another week flies by, (is it me, or is this year going really quickly?) it's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is...RED, WHITE and/or BLUE and we hope you'll play along and join us for this fun challenge.

The DT are also showcasing Darkroom Door products and I used the Starry Night Stencil to create my background of stars but of course, as always you can choose whatever you want to work with, you don't have to use Darkroom Door but if you do, then that would be fabulous! For my project, I combined the stencil with products from Tim Holtz and Sizzix to create an Etcetera tag celebrating the 4th of July!
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I applied a layer of gesso directly onto the small Etcetera tag to prime it for all the mediums that will be added. Once the gesso was dry, I then started layering my paints ~ for this particular project, I wanted to keep the background fairly neutral to allow the red, white and blue embellishments to stand out and make a real feature. So, I started with a layer of Dina Wakley's Buff Acrylic Paint and then added some deeper tones, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo Distress Paint. At this stage, I also attached some of the Air Mail Design Tape around the edge of the tag. Once happy, I applied some Symphony Tissue Tape to create some layers to that background and added some Matte Collage Medium over the top of the tape. I then went in with Pumice Stone, Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons, blending out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe. To complete the base layer on the tag, I stamped some script using the script stamp from the Entomology set.

I'm now ready to add those stars and applied Grit Paste through the Starry Night Stencil. I allowed the paste to dry before then adding some colour by painting the individual stars using Faded Jeans and Candied Apple Distress Paints but keeping some of the larger stars white.

When the paint is dry, I flicked Black Soot DP across the surface and attached my hole reinforcer piece which I painted dark blue.
Now to start building up those layers, and to begin I cut a panel of the star design paper from the Correspondence paper stash and machine stitched in black thread around the outside to create a border. I then matted the paper onto a layer of red classic kraft stash card, followed by a layer of blue linen. To add even more layers of interest, I stamped some images from the Correspondence Stamp Set, a postmark in the bottom left corner and numbers in the top right. I also popped a Snippets Ephemera piece onto the panel.
I mounted my layered panel onto the centre of the tag, attaching it with foam pads to add dimension, which you can see in the image below.
Moving onto the rosettes, I cut five rosettes, two different sizes, from two different designs of paper in the Correspondence paper stash and then assembled each one. I placed the larger sized rosettes onto my panel which will act as a support for the next layer ~ an ephemera piece which I distressed to create a more worn look.

Once the ephemera piece was in place, I then added the three smaller rosettes, placing them across the centre of the tag and allowing them to overlap the edges.
To complete this section, I then placed my Paper Doll in amongst the rosettes, allowing them to support her and therefore create another layer. I also added some cheesecloth beneath her feet because I didn't want her to float in mid air, I wanted to ground her.
Now, I move onto the next stage, the flag banner which I placed across the bottom section...
For this I used the flags from the Americana Thinlits set and cut the individual pieces from Classic Kraft Stash using the fabulous Tim Holtz Sidekick...this is perfect to cut all those smaller dies and small pieces if you haven't got the bigger cutting machines to hand. I then assembled the pieces to create the flags. I then attached the flags with foam pads, staggering them so they weren't all in a line.

Finally, I added my 'Brave' wording and for this I used the Shadow Script 1 die and cut one section from Metallic Kraft Stash and the backing/shadow section from Classic Kraft Stash before layering them together and attaching them across my central section.
To complete the tag and add those finishing touches, I painted three Star Adornments with Candied Apple Distress Paint and then adhered them to the centres of each of the rosettes before placing a Clippings Sticker, the word 'beautiful' just above my die cut word and adding a Mirrored Heart to the sash of my little girl....
...I then finished with some ribbon through the hole of the tag.
 So, that completes my project for this week and I hope you love the piece I've made and I hope all my friends in the US have a wonderful, safe and happy 4th of July ~ I'll be thinking of you and celebrating it here in the UK!

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....





Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Love Emma xxx





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