Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Under The Moonlight...Simon Says Stamp Tutorial

Hello again!

I'm back with the second of my two posts for today and so happy to be sharing my "To The Moon" tutorial over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. I really hope you'll pop over to the blog, where I take you through a step by step of how to create a moonlit sky using Distress Inks.
For more great ideas and inspiration, then pop over to the SSS Monday Challenge 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 Stamp. Good luck....




Thank you so much for all your visits today and see you again soon...love Emma xx

P.S. Be sure to scroll down to see my first post of today ~ Winter Wonderland created for the Tim Holtz Media Team

Winter Wonderland ~ Tim Holtz Media Team Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Today, is going to be a busy day on my blog because I have not one but two posts to share with you all and for the first of those posts, I am thrilled to be sharing my tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team over on Tim's blog. I hope you will enjoy my winter wonderland step by step tutorial where I show you how to create an ornamental plaque using die cutting to create 3D elements.
As always, I hope you enjoy my tutorial and love what I've created. I'll see you later today with a sneaky peek of a tutorial I've created for Simon Says Stamp!
Thank you for stopping by today...Emma x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Magic Of Christmas

Hello everyone...

Today, it's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog and here's a little sneaky peek of what you'll find once you get there! I really hope you love what I've created and I can't wait to read all your comments!
See you soon ~ Emma xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

To The Moon Sneak Peek ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Welcome to another week and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week's challenge is called ~ To The Moon. So, if you have always wanted to go to the moon, have a love of all things celestial or perhaps just like stars on your projects ~ we want to see how you are inspired by the universe, galaxy or anything else that is out of this world!

I will be back on Wednesday, to share my project with you all over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog but if you can't wait until then, here's a little sneaky peek of what I've created! Hope you'll pop back on Wednesday!
If you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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 Stamp. Good luck....




Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Monday, 10 November 2014

Christmas Ornament ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week is all about Ornaments! From simple paper designs to mixed media masterpieces, stamped ornaments to something you create to be ornamental ~ we want to see how you are inspired by this week's challenge!

For my project, I decided to make a start on some home decor pieces for Christmas and what better place to begin than with the gorgeous Luminary Die from Tim Holtz. As always, I hope you love what I've made.
To begin with, I used the Luminary die to die cut some Manila Card. I find this card perfect for using with this die, as it really is a good weight of card and it makes the luminary itself a very substantial piece.

I then gave each of the die cut pieces a good coat of Black Soot Distress Paint. Heat dry the paint before dry brushing a layer of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint over the top to give the effect of metal. Once this layer of paint is dry, spritz all the pieces with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain and once again heat dry.

For the frosted windows, I cut 4 pieces of acetate to size and then covered each piece with some Frosted Film before attaching them to the inside of the luminary.

Construct the luminary as per the instructions.

Once you have done this, you can now start decorating and for this, I used the Festive Greenery Strip Die to die cut some more Manila card which I then inked with various colours of Distress Ink. Heat set the inked die cut pieces and then spritz each piece with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain to give the appearance of a frosty snow effect on the foliage.
I then arranged and added the foliage to each corner of the luminary, together with some dried moss and some red pearls, that I coated in Picket Fence Distress Paint.




To create the snowy, icy effect on the corners of the lantern, I used my hot glue gun to add small amounts of glue and then covered them in Crystal Glass Glitter.

For the top of the luminary, I used the Tattered Pinecone to die cut kraft card. Once I'd inked the card with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, I then made up two pinecones, coated the tips in Glossy Accents and dipped each of them into some Rock Candy Distress Glitter to give a bit of sparkle.
I added some more die cut Festive Greenery pieces to the arrangement, together with crinkle ribbon bow, that I dyed using Festive Berries Distress Stain, some twine and I added jingle bells and decorative pins. The bells were originally silver but I wanted a more rustic look so to create this, I dabbed on some Treasure Gold to change the colour.
To complete the piece, I added some Chit Chat stickers to the front section.
To complete my ornamental decoration, I made a couple of brush bottle trees using the trees from the Woodland Trees and Wreath set. Each of the trees are spritzed using Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains in Tarnished Brass and Peeled Paint. I then rolled the trees in Glossy Accents to pick up some of the adhesive before dipping them into mica pieces and Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I added faux pearls to each before mounting them onto cotton spools. Each cotton spool is painted gold and has Tissue Tape wrapped around the centre. As a finishing touch, I added small amounts of mica flakes around the base of each tree, where I've attached them to the spools.
Finally, add a battery operated tealight to your luminary and watch it glow!

I hope you've enjoyed this week's post of how I created my Christmas Ornament and if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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 Stamp. Good luck....




Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Distress Stains: Festive Berries
Embellishments: Cream Pearls, Green Pearls, Blue Pearls, Red Pearls, Bells, Twine
Decorative pins, cotton spools, acetate and dried moss from my own stash


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Never Forget

REMEMBRANCE DAY ~ 2014
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them." ~ Laurence Binyon



ALWAYS AND FOREVER




I created this poppy using the Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral Die and Layered Leaf Die by Sizzix and mounted it onto a wooden board that I very carefully singed by holding it over a naked flame! The centre is made from a bottle top filled with glass glitter.




Thursday, 6 November 2014

'Tis The Season Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm sharing the first of my November tutorials for the Tim Holtz Media Team and as we put away all our Halloween crafting items, it's now that time of the year when we start thinking about Christmas! It's always lovely to make and send handmade gifts to loved ones but sometimes, there are those difficult people in our lives that have just about everything and no matter how hard you try to think of something that they might like ~ you just can't and you resort to a gift card. So for today's project I wanted to show you how to turn that gift card into something a little extra special and I have created a step by step tutorial showing how to make a gift card holder.

To begin with, cut three pieces of kraft card to measure:
23.5 x 18.5cm ~ Card Folder
8.5 x 12.5cm ~ Tag Pocket
10.5 x 7.5cm ~ Gift Card Pocket
Take the card folder and with the longest edge horizontal in front of you and measuring from the left hand side, score two lines vertically at 11cm and 12cm. Fold along scorelines to create your folder.

Place the tag pocket in front of you and score the panel of card at 1cm, 2cm, 10.5cm and 11.5cm. Score at 1cm and 2cm along the bottom edge of the card. Fold along the scorelines

Measure and score 1cm from the edge around three sides of the gift card pocket. Fold along scorelines.
To form the tag pocket, cut away the bottom left and right hand corner sections, 2 x 2cm on each side of the card. See below.
To form the gift card pocket, cut away an angled corner section on the bottom left and right hand corners.
Attach double sided tape along the flaps on the back of both pockets.
Apply some Picket Fence Distress Paint around the edges of each section of card.
Cut pieces of paper of the music score paper from the Merriment Paper Stash to measure 10 x 17.5cm. Ink around the edges of each piece of paper using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and matt onto a piece of cream card, leaving a narrow border around the edge.
Mount the matted layers of card onto each of the inside panels. Cut two further pieces of the paper from the Merriment paper stash, ink around the edges and mount onto the front of each of the pockets. Attach the pockets onto the inside of your gift card folder.
Add the Special Delivery Ephemera piece onto the tag pocket.
Apply small amounts of Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries Distress Ink to a craft sheet, mist with water and then dye a length of crinkle ribbon by mopping up the stains. Heat dry the ribbon.
Wrap the dyed ribbon around the centre of your wallet, taking it around the back and tying the ribbon into a bow on the left hand spine of the folder. Place the folder to one side, whilst you start working on the decorative panel for the front of your wallet.
For the decorative panel, begin by cutting a piece of Manila card, 8 x 15.5cm. Below, I'm showing you two ways to ink the Manila card ~ in the following photo, I inked the card by blending Distress Inks over the surface using a blending tool and then misting the ink with water before heat setting the ink onto the card. As you can see, this technique gives a slightly softer, diffused appearance to your card.
For the second piece of card, I used exactly the same colours of Distress Stain as I did Distress Inks in the photo above. I applied the stain to a craft sheet, misted them with water and then swiped the card through the inks to pick up the colour. This gives a more mottled effect to your card and a slightly more shabby appearance. 

I chose to use the Distress Stained card but either piece of card will work for this project, it's entirely up to you and of course, it depends on the products that you own.

Once the inked card is dry, I distressed the edges and inked them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink before inking up the starburst stamp from the Christmas Nostalgia stamp set with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamping over the background of the inked card to give a very soft pattern.
 Machine stitch around the edge of the card.
Stamp the 'Tis The Season message onto the stitched card using Jet Black Archival Ink. 
Cut a piece of decorative paper from the Merriment paper stash, distress the edges of the paper by ripping and tearing them and then matt onto black card. Matt the stitched card onto the centre of the matts and then attach the mounts onto the front of your gift card wallet. Distress the edges of the wallet even further using Black Soot and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint.
We're nearly there now and all that's left is to decorate this panel and for this, I used the Candlelight die to die cut all my pieces from Grungeboard. I then painted the body of the candles with Picket Fence and Antique Linen Distress Paint and the flame using Scattered Straw and Wild Honey Distress Paint.
Ink the edges of each individual die piece with Black Soot Distress Ink and then layer all the pieces to create the dimensional candles. Add highlights of glitter to the candles by sprinkling Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over a layer of Glossy Accents.
Die cut some foliage using the Holiday Greens die and ink the die cut leaves with Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce. 
To give a frosty, snow covered appearance to the foliage, lightly spritz some Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain over the top of the inked die cuts and heat dry. Shape the leaves to give a more realistic look to the foliage.
Layer up all your die cuts onto the front panel of your wallet.
 I also added some Mirrored Stars and some ephemera pieces to the arrangement, together with cheesecloth from my own stash.
 
Apply some Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top of a Word Band, let the paint sink into the wording and then, wipe away the excess. Attach some Paper String to each side of the word band and position it on the front of your arrangement.
Finally, I created a tag to fit into the pocket inside and if you choose, you can add a written message onto this tag. Ink up the tag by applying the Distress Stains to your craft sheet and picking up all the ink. Emboss the tag using the Snowflakes Texture Fade from the Beaded Garland and Snowflakes set, add some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the raised embossing before spritzing the tag with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.
Tie some of the previously dyed crinkle ribbon at the top of your tag and add a piece from the Christmas Ephemera Pack together with a Flashcard.

Now, all that's left is to place your gift card in the one pocket and the tag in the other...
...tie the ribbon into a bow...
...and that completes your gift card wallet.

I really hope you've been inspired by today's tutorial and that you've enjoyed the process of making one of these wallets!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you again very soon!
Emma x

Supply List:
Surfaces: Ranger Manila Card, Ranger Kraft Card, Ranger Black Card, Merriment Paper Stash, Ranger Size 8 Manila Tag

Dies: Candlelight Bigz Die, Holiday Greens Thinlits Die

Texture Fade: Beaded Garland and Snowflakes

Stamps: Christmas Nostalgia, Handwritten Holidays 2

Stain: Brushed Corduroy, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Aged Mahogany, Festive Berries. Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain

Ink: Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen. Jet Black Archival Ink

Paint: Picket Fence, Antique Linen, Antiqued Bronze, Black Soot, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey

Embellishments: Christmas Word Band, Christmas Ephemera Pack, Flashcards, Merriment Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Mirrored Stars, Paper String Stripes

Glitter: Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter

Mediums: Glossy Accents, Adhesive Tape

Tools: Vagabond, Blending Tool, Craft Sheet, Scoreboard, Scoring Tool

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