Thursday, 5 May 2016

Take A Chance...

Hello friends...

Hope you're all having a wonderful week and here in London, we've finally got some warm weather!! After a very long winter, it's so lovely to finally see the sun shine and see the blossom appear on the's the little things that make me so happy!

And to celebrate the fact that spring has finally arrived, I thought it would be fun to create a project using some of my favourite Tim Holtz products to create a piece that would contain all the colours of the season and of course, a crazy cat and his feathered friend!

This was such a fun piece to create and I just love the expressions on each of their faces...they can't help but make you smile!
The background for this card is created using canvas paper. I applied a wash of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top of the paper, which I find helps blend those Distress Crayons so much easier! I then took a selection of the crayons and just scribbled them onto the dried paint surface, blending with a baby wipe and my finger to create this splash of colour.
To create a little more interest to the background, I also added some Ranger Texture Paste through the Chevron Layering Stencil and through the Splatters Layering Stencil and some torn tissue wrap which I just applied using Collage Medium, blending a little more crayon over the surface of both.

After a few flicks of Distress Paints ~ Black Soot, Picked Raspberry and Picket Fence I then added some doodles around the edge to create a border and some gold foiling.
Of course, the little birdie and cat don't need any introduction as they are from Tim Holtz's wonderful Crazy Cats and Mini Bird Crazy Stamp sets. I coloured both of these using Distress Markers before die cutting them with the corresponding die set and attaching them to my background, together with cheesecloth, floristry fibres and twine.
To complete the canvas, I added one of the Crazy Talk stamps, which just works so well and also added a Small Talk Sticker.
As a finishing touch, I used a button and sequins from the fabulous 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Button Embellishment set! The colour of these embellishments are just perfect and they match Tim Holtz's Distress products so well ~ you must check out the whole range as they are a must have to any crafter's stash!
...and here is the finished project, matted and layered on coloured card!
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you've loved this little piece of spring!
See you all soon ~ love Emma xx

Monday, 2 May 2016

Eternal Flame...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week, we challenge you to create a piece of Home Decor and the team were also asked to showcase Prima Marketing products within their challenge pieces. You don't have to use them to join in but if you do, then we would love to see what you create and can't wait to visit all your blogs...

For my project, I was inspired by the antique jewellery of the Tsarinas of Russia and decided to create my own piece of treasure using one of the resin pieces from the Flaming Hearts Ex II Votos Relics and Artifacts pack.

and here's how I created my treasured artefact!
To begin with I took one of the wooden trays and coated it with a layer of gesso to prime it for the paintwork.

I then added a layer of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Chalk over the top of the gessoed frame and allowed to dry. To create the recessed section of my frame, I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Wrap to the size of the recess and then crumpled the tissue paper into a ball. Open out the paper and then using Tim Holtz Collage Medium, apply the tissue to the background, allowing the paper to create a creased effect.

Once the paper is thoroughly dry, I then dry brushed the entire frame with some Frayed Burlap Distress Paint, creating the look of worn wood. I then flicked some Gold Color Bloom Spray across the inside section, ensuring that none went onto the outside section of the frame.
Next, I inked up Tim Holtz's Cracks stamp with Cool Graphite Ink and stamped crackles over the frame before adding a finishing touch of Vintage Gold Foil to the edges to create a touch of opulence and shimmer.

Finally, I added some Remnant Rubs to the top left and bottom right of the frame and it's ready to go.

Now that my frame is complete, it's time to create my artifact and for this I took two of the pieces from the pack to create my flaming heart and removed the hooks from each piece before gluing them together to make one complete piece. I then wrapped a piece of rusty wire around the neck.

Next, I mixed some Mini Art Stones into a small amount of Soft Matte Gel and applied them to my heart and also around the neck, where the two pieces join before painting the entire surface with Blue/Gold Opal Acrylic Paint ~ which is just a stunning colour!

Let the paint dry before dry brushing Gold Metallique Paint over the top.
To create even more impact and shimmer, I added some Gold Rush Glass Glitter and then allowed everything to dry thoroughly before attaching the piece to the inside of my frame, laying it over the top of some natural florist fibres.

At this stage, I also added some Melange Pebble pieces around the heart.

To complete my heart I added a rusty gear to the centre and a beautiful aqua pearl from the 28 Lilac Lane Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle.
To complete the piece, I attached one of Tim Holtz's Word Bands, using twine to secure it into place and coloured the band using more of the Gold Metallique Paint....
...before then finishing the frame with two small metal cogs to each of the corners at the top and added an upturned bottle top and knob.
I am so happy with how this project turned out, I love it and now, all that's left to do is proudly display this piece in my craft room!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Cracks and Specks
Distress Paint: Frayed Burlap
Prima Relics and Artifacts: Flaming Hearts, Rectangle Wooden Trays
Finnabair Mechanicals: Mini Knobs, Steampunk Gears
Prima Mixed Media: Silicone Brush
Floristry fibres, bottle tops, rusty wire and small gears all from my own stash

Monday, 25 April 2016

Like Clockwork...

Hey everyone and welcome to this week's brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Our theme is SHOW US YOUR METAL and whatever you choose to use, we hope you'll join us and play along!

For my project, I created a card using plenty of metal elements, including a rusty metal background which started life as silver metal tape foil...

and hope you enjoy the creative process behind this project!

To begin with, I cut a piece of metal foil tape approx 22 x 14cm and attached the foil to a piece of card. I then ran the adhered foil through a die cutting machine using the Rivet Texture Fade to create that gorgeous embossed background. At this point, you might be thinking that the embossing folder is slightly smaller than the card but if you emboss the top section first, then move the folder down to the lower section, it matches up perfectly to give a continuous pattern with no joins!

Once the card was embossed, I then wanted to create this rusty look and for this, I began by using Black Soot Distress Paint which I applied to the foil, before taking a kitchen towel to gently wipe away the excess of the paint. By doing this, the paint will seep and settle into all those embossed areas.
Next I took Tarnished Brass and once again, applied this over the top of the embossed foil, using my fingers to blend it. Again wipe away the excess.

Once dry, I then used Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and applied these to the foil, blending them with my fingers to add that final touch of 'rust'.
When I was entirely happy with my rusty effect, I mounted the foil onto black card, leaving a border around the outside before die cutting a circular aperture into the upper section.

For the next stage, I took a piece of adhesive canvas and using the Imaginary Stamp from Tim Holtz, I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival Ink directly onto the canvas, adding highlights of colour with Distress Marker Pens.

I distressed the background of the canvas using Pumice Stone and Old Paper Distress Paint and then added Small Talk stickers, outlining them with the Pumice Stone Distress Marker Pen.
Attach the stamped image to a piece of card, placing it behind your circular aperture and use foam pads to attach the metal frame over the top.

Mount the metallic layers onto some more cardstock, including metallic kraft core card, ensuring each time that a border is left around the previous matt to create a layered frame.
Now for the final embellishments of the gears and for this, I used the new Tim Holtz Gearheads dies to die cut a plethora of gears from some more metal foil tape, which I then coloured using the same products as I used on the embossed background.
I attached all my gears, layering some to create dimension and adding some inside the circular aperture.
Finally, I added some metal embellishments, coloured with Distress Paints and a small touch of Treasure Gold Gilding Wax....
...and attached screw head brads, old watch parts and sequins to the centre of the gears.
I would love you all to be able to see this project in the flesh as the metallic has a real shine to it but is  so hard to pick up on the camera!
As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Imaginary
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies/Texture Fades: Gearhead Thinlits Die, Diamond Plate and Riveted Metal
Distress Crayons: Set 1 and 3
Screw Head brads, clock parts and Idea-Ology Word Sticks (Muse) from my own stash

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Be In Love With Your Life...

Hello friends!

It's been a while since I had a chance to join in with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags but I'm loving these technique remix themes that Tim has been sharing over the last four months and really wanted to try the Distress Paper Mosaic Kit ~ so with this in could I resist not joining in and ta-dah, today's the day that I had a play and here's my version of Tim's April tag! 

You can read all about how Tim created his fabulous tag HERE...
...and as for my version, there are a few variations because of products I didn't own ~ starting with the Woodgrain Card Stock and the way that I got around that, was to create my own textured card using the Mini Woodgrain Layering Stencil from Set 10 and Texture Paste which I coloured with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.
I then coloured the card, in exactly the same way as Tim coloured his, using Distress Stains.

I also didn't have the Bird Silhouette die and instead used the Watering Can die for my mosaic piece. Even though I've had this kit in my stash since it was released, I haven't ever got around to using it but I LOVED it and it will definitely be used a lot more!
I love the glaze over the pieces and the grout looks so wonderful when inked with Distress Inks.
To complete the arrangement, I added some paper flowers that I created using the Tattered Garland die and had left over from a previous project, together with some twigs, punched laurel leaves and some cheesecloth and moss.
As a finishing touch, I added a punched vellum butterfly, a Remnant Rub and a Small Talk sticker.
Hope you love the tag that I created and thanks so much for stopping by today!
See you on Monday for my latest SSS post and hope you have a lovely creative weekend!
Love Emma xx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hello Sunshine and a 28 Lilac Lane Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the 28 Lilac Lane blog hop!

Are you ready for a lot of gorgeous inspiration? Well, if you love buttons and embellishments, then you will love today's hop and I am so proud and honoured to be working with May Flaum and her beautiful new embellishment range, sharing my love of these wonderful products!

At the end of this hop, Buttons Galore & More will be having a give-away ~ so, be sure to pop on over and also, don't forget to visit all the other talented designers who are taking part in this hop!

So, you should have arrived here from Chari's blog and I'm thrilled to be sharing a project where I've used the Hello Sunshine Embellishment Bottle to create a focal point on my canvas panel, showcasing all the gorgeous buttons!

I chose to use a yellow colour palette for my project but with so many to choose from, you can colour match the embellishments with your home or image to make it personal to you. Also, the embellishment bottles contain so many buttons, sequins and pearls, you only use a small amount to create this wave of embellishments across the canvas and there are plenty left for further projects! 

To create this project, I took an 8" square canvas panel and added a wash of Antique Linen Distress Paint watered down and mixed with a small amount of Gesso. I then applied a small amount of Scattered Straw Distress Paint directly to the canvas, spritzed with water before allowing the paint to run and drip to create paint effect behind the frame.
Once the paint was dry, I applied Texture Paste through two Tim Holtz Layering stencils ~ Dot Fade and Flourish before flicking gold and black paint across the surface. Once everything was thoroughly dry, I added some lace from the Attic Findings Kit and then used a Tim Holtz PhotoBooth image which I placed behind a Baroque metal frame.

Now for the buttons and gorgeous embellishments ~ and for this, I chose a selection and just adhered them using 3D Matte Gel, adding them in a swathe across the canvas.

To complete my canvas, I added a Small Talk sticker below the frame.

28 Lilac Lane is available to buy now from Buttons Galore.

 All Tim Holtz products available to buy from Simon Says Stamp!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and your next stop on the hop is...Nina-Marie Trapani
Happy Hopping!
Love Emma xx


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