Friday, 3 December 2021

Simon Says Stamp 2021 DieCember Blog Hop Day 2

Hello friends and welcome to Day 2 of the Simon Says Stamp DieCember Blog can catch up with Day 1 over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog.

I'm so excited to be joining so many of the talented designers on this hop and if you've arrived here from  Norine Borys' blog, then hello, but if not, and you want to catch up with everyone who is participating in this hop, then don't worry because you can head back to the beginning HERE!

There are so many gorgeous new products in this release and I can guarantee that you’ll be spoilt for choice and every single one of them will get you heading for your craft room, make you feel happy and so uplifted. So, if you want to see this fabulous new release in full, then click HERE!

Now back to my make and I created a card that can be used for any occasion, “just because”…and I used four of the beautiful new dies from this release, including the glorious Dancing Snowflake die which is stunning!

So let’s get started and here’s how I created it…

I started by making a black card blank to measure, 14 x 17cm. I then cut a piece of the SSS ivory card, 13 x16cm and machine stitched a borer around the outside before matting it onto a piece of gold glitter card from the Sizzix Gold Surfacez Opulent card pack. I mounted the layers onto my card blank leaving a border showing around the outside.

Moving onto the next set of layers, I took the Detail Tapestry Plate and cut a second panel of the ivory card. After inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I machine stitched a border around the edge of the die cut panel and then matted it onto gold mirror card, again taken from the Sizzix card pack and a panel of the black card before I mounted these layers onto the card blank, using foam pads.

Now to for those stunning Dancing Snowflakes...


I cut three separate die cuts from black card and layered these over the top of one another using Matte Collage Medium to adhere each layer. I then cut a final layer from the gold card in the Sizzix pack and I attached this over the top of the snowflakes die cut to form a raised die cut that resembles the thickness of mount board.

I didn't want the gold to be too bright and shiny, so I used Black Soot Distress Paint to knock the colour back. I applied a coverage of the paint using a paint brush and brushed this over the gold surface of the snowflakes, I then wiped away the excess of the paint using a soft towel. The surface will retain as much paint as it needs, allowing it to still be gold but with a slightly tarnished effect. Allow to dry and repeat this process to make a second dancing snowflake die cut.

Once I had the two snowflakes, I attached them over the top of the layers on my card blank and I used Matte Collage Medium to adhere them into place.

Placing one to go across the top section...

...and one to go across the bottom section.


For the band across the card, I cut a panel of black card 11.5 x 5.5cm and then taking the Refracted Medallion die, I used this to cut four separate die cuts from black card. Taking two of the die cuts, I adhered these over the top of one another to form one die cut and repeated this with the remaining two die cuts.

Place each of the layered die cuts and place them side by side onto the black band of card, using matte Collage Medium to attach them.

Using my fingertip, I applied Vintage Gold Alchemy Wax over the raised surface of the die cuts attached to the band. This adds a subtle shimmer to the die cuts.


Cut the Just Believe wording 3 times from black card and a final time from the gold card. Layer these die cuts to form one substantial die cut word and as with the snowflakes, I knocked the gold back by using Black Soot Distress Paint.

Place the die cut word onto the solid backing cut from black card and attach to the band.

Finally, add small Chunky gold Jewels to the centres of the snowflakes and onto the Refracted Medallions attached to the black band.

That completes my card for this hop and I really hope you love the project I've made because it was so much fun to create...

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, 8TH DECEMBER and all winners will need to contact/email Simon Says Stamp to claim their prize. 

Also, last but by no means least ~ if you shop during the DieCember blog hop, then you can get yourself a beautiful LITTLE ANGEL die FREE with any purchase of $30 or moreThe offer is valid until 5th December at 11:59 ET, or while supplies last and the code you need to use to claim your gift, is: GLOW54

Thank you so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoy this fun hop....see you soon, Emma x


Stampers Anonymous: Sparkle Layering Stencil
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Paint Brush

Monday, 29 November 2021

It's A Wonderful Life...

Happy Monday everyone!

Thank you for all your visits and lovely comments on my previous blog posts, I really do appreciate every single word and I'm thrilled you loved the projects so much ~ it's going to be exciting to see all your makes!

Today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a brand new challenge which is all about Sparkle and some of the DT are showcasing Stampendous products in their makes to celebrate their birthday! Unfortunately, my Stampendous goodies are still making their way across the pond and didn't arrive in time but that doesn't mean I wasn't able to add some sparkle into this make using Tim Holtz's Mica Flakes, which were an alternative for the Stampendous Shaved Ice that I was intending to use!

For my project I chose to make a vintage style tag for Christmas. I was inspired to make this tag by my love of old black and white movies ~ I always remember as a child, I would spend hours watching these films and I especially loved the ones that were made for Christmas ~ It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, The Bishop's Wife with the amazing Cary Grant and so many more and because of this I immediately was drawn to this die set and decided to mix up some idea-ology papers with Sizzix dies which includes the brand new Vault Series 2021, to create this festive make.

So let's get started and here's how I created my tag...


I used a Mini Etcetera Tag for my make and began by covering the surface with paper from the Christmas Backdrops set. I love the vintage feel of these papers and I thought it would be a match made in heaven for my tag and the Festive Gentleman Caller.

I cut a panel of the paper and machine stitched a border around the edge before I attached the paper to the tag with Matte Collage Medium, tearing and curling some of the edges to look worn. Along the bottom edge of the tag, I flipped the paper over and attached a narrow strip of the dogtooth pattern, just to give a little more interest.

I then applied some Grit Paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil to create the look of snow and set this to one side to dry.


Dies used: Christmas 2021 Vault Series, Home For The Holidays, Holiday Greens


Starting with the gentleman in the Vault Series 2021 Thinlits Die Set, I cut five separate images from black card and layered these over one another to create one image, the thickness of mount board. I then spread Glossy Accents over the die cut image and sprinkled Nightfall Glitter from the Halloween Sparkle Set, adding it over the top of the glossy accents, but I left a gap where I wanted the scarf to be glittered in an alternative colour. Tap away the excess before applying Glossy Accents to the scarf area but this time I sprinkled it with Tinsel Glitter from Tim's Holiday Sparkle Set. Set aside to dry.

For the wreath I cut two separate sections from black card, layered them together and then applied a small amount of gilding wax over the surface. I attached the wreath to the gentleman die cut and placed the die cut bow onto the wreath which I glittered with red sparkle from my stash.


Exactly the same as I did to make the gentleman, I cut the lamp post five times from black card and layered the card over one another to create one substantial die cut. I then applied an embossing dabber over the surface of the die cut before sprinkling Wow Etched Platinum Embossing Powder over the top. Tap away the excess and heat emboss until molten.

repeated this technique once more to create an enamelled effect.

I then took an embossing pen and just added the pen to areas of the lamp post that I wanted to emboss in gold. Sprinkle gold powder over the top and heat emboss.


Die cut four dimensional stars from black card using the two dies in the Vault Series 2021 set and after folding along the score lines to make the stars, I smeared them with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled the same glitter as I used on the scarf over the top of each start. 

Set aside to dry.


I coloured some Mixed Media Heavystock by spritzing it with Speckled Egg and Weathered Wood Distress Stains, together with Speckled Egg and Tumbled Glass oxide Sprays. Once I had the colour I wanted, I then heat dried the card. Making sure the card is completely dry, I randomly applied Crackle Paste over the surface, leaving some of the blue areas untouched. I allowed it to dry and the crackle to appear before I used a die from my stash to die cut the snowy mounds from my card. The die I used is an older die of Tim's called Home for the Holidays.


I cut a selection of holiday greens from card inked with Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce and Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stains and then inked the edges with Peeled Paint.

For the icy effect, I smeared the die cuts with Matte Collage Medium before sprinkling Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the top and adding Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Postbox Red to create the berries on the sprigs. Set aside to dry.

With all my die cutting ready, I can now assemble the tag and bring the story to life.

I started by attaching all the layers of snowy mounds at the bottom, I used four separate layers and attached them with foam pads to form various heights.

To create the crunchy icy feel to the ice, I used Mica Flakes and attached them by adding Glossy Accents to the surface of the die cuts and sprinkling the sparkly flakes over the top. Let them dry and then tap away any loose flakes.

At this stage I also added some flakes around the top of the tag and tumbling down the sides. 

I then attached the lamp post...

I used foam pads to attach the festive gentleman caller, which I placed to appear as he was running along to get home before the heavy snow started...

Finally I attached the stars, three along the bottom....

...and one in the top left hand corner.

You can see the dimension that I've created in the photo below...

In the top right I attached the Holiday Greens, which I placed to surround a Christmas Baseboard piece. I added a Tiny Clip to the baseboard, which I painted with Candied Apple Distress Paint.

I completed the tag by threading some Velvet Ribbon through a hole that I punched out of the paper background on the tag.

So that's my tag finished and I hope you love this make which I think would be perfect for anyone who loves vintage or even for those men in our lives...

As always, if you make anything, or been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look!

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 next Monday at 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:

Stampendous: Shaved Ice
Sizzix/Tim Holtz: Greens, Christmas 2021 Vault Series, Home From The Holidays from my own stash
Distress Ink: Peeled Paint
Distress Spray StainSpeckled Egg, Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage
Oxide Sprays: Speckled Egg Oxide Spray, Tumbled Glass Oxide Spray
Distress PaintCandied Apple
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Backdrops, Christmas Baseboards, Tiny Clips, Mirrored Stars, Velvet Trims

Friday, 26 November 2021

Festive Bouquet...

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a great week and ready for the weekend!

Today, I'm sharing another project that I made using some of the new Christmas dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix ~ my Festive Bouquet embroidery hoop! If you want to see the entire release, which is available now from SSS, then don't forget you can catch up with Tim's YouTube live, where you'll also be able see all the amazing projects from the makers... just click HERE!


For this project you will need an 7" Embroidery Hoop and I applied some Crackle Paste around the edges of the hoop which will help to create a more rustic appearance to the wood.

After allowing the crackle paste to dry and do it's thing, I then stained the wood with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain which I painted directly onto the hoop with a brush. I allowed the stain to dry before I then sealed it with a coat of Matte Collage Medium.
Whilst the medium is drying, I cut a circle of Simon Says Stamp Midnight green card, slightly smaller than the inside of the hoop and a circle of gold metallic kraft card which is the same size as the hoop.

To create the stamping around the edge of the green circle, I used the speckle stamp from The Poinsettia stamp set and inked it with clear embossing ink before stamping randomly around the edge. I sprinkled gold embossing powder over the top, tapped away the excess and heat embossed until molten.
Matt the green circle onto the gold circle and then attach the matted layers to the back of the hoop.
To make sure the hoop is more substantial, I cut a piece of mount board that I attached to the back and this creates support.

Now to start designing the interior of the hoop...


To begin with I cut the Lantern from the Candlelight Colorize Die Set using Silver Metallic Kraft card and assembled the pieces to form the lantern. To create more of a rusty, pewter finish to the surface, I used Alchemy Waxes and applied these with my fingertip ~ Rusty Red, Charcoal, Bronze Age and White Pearl.
I cut the candle from Mixed Media Heavystock and coloured it with Polychromos Pencils.

I also cut a back section for this lantern, just cutting it from plain black card, but using a touch of wax to add a glow where the candle flame will hit. Place the candle onto the black card and the die cut lantern over the top.


Now for the flowers, I coloured Mixed Media Heavystock card with Candied Apple, Barn Door and a touch of Aged Mahogany Distress Spray Stains and combined it with Candied Apple Oxide Spray.

I heat dried the card and cut the flowers from it. I cut two large and one small, and used a double layer of die cuts to create my poinsettias.

For the foliage and greenery, I coloured more card using Distress Spray Stains ~ Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage and as a variation of colour for the foliage, I coloured a second panel with Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness and Shabby Shutters.

Once I'd cut and assembled all the foliage, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then smeared a light coverage of Matte Collage Medium over the leaves before I sprinkled Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the top. Set aside to dry.

...and whilst that's happening, I layered the die cut flowers to create the poinsettias. I slightly offset each of the die cuts to form one poinsettia flower.
I then added a Metallic Droplet in the centre of each before sprinkling Mica Flakes over the top of Glossy Accents.
Attach the lantern inside the hoop and surround it with the two sizes of Poinsettia. Arrange the foliage by tucking the pieces behind the poinsettias.


For the Christmas wording, I used the die from the Vault Series 2021 and cut this from metallic kraft stash,  three times before layering each piece over the top of one another to form a die cut that resembles the thickness of chipboard.

I attached the wording next to the lantern using Matte Collage Medium.

Take the final poinsettia and place this on the right hand side of the wording, again arranging the foliage around the flower.

For the finishing touches, I added Mica Flakes around the outside of the hoop and then added little white berries to the foliage using Tonic Nuvo Drops, sprinkling Rock Candy glitter over them whilst they were wet.
Finally, I tied a loop of Velvet Ribbon to the top.
And that completes my Festive Bouquet Hoop which I hope you love and I can't wait to see if you're inspired by it! If you are, then don't forget to tag me on social media or leave me a comment here and I'll be right over to take a look!
 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
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Spray StainCandied Apple, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough, Peeled Paint, Rustic Wilderness and Shabby Shutters
Oxide Spray: Candied Apple

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