Monday, 4 May 2015

Don't Abandon The Coral ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

I can't quite believe that it's Monday already but that means we have an exciting new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's called ~ Don't Abandon The Coral!!

Abandoned Coral was the second new distress colour of 2015 and is the inspiration behind this challenge. If you don't have this colour then that's ok, we challenge you to use any coral paper, ink, paint or other product and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I love to see black and white with a pop of a third colour, I always think it looks so striking and the vibrancy of Abandoned Coral is the PERFECT colour to do this with! So, that's exactly what I did and I hope you love this piece that I made!

To begin with I started by creating my striped background. For this, I took a piece of greyboard, 6' x 6" and painted the entire board with a coat of Chalk White Fresco Finish Paint from PaperArtsy. Then, once the paint is completely dry I used masking tape and masked off the stripes. For this, I laid down the first strip of tape, then measured the width of the tape, left a gap and then attached a second strip and so on. I then painted the background where the tape wasn't covering the board using Black Soot Distress Paint. Dry the paint completely before removing your strips of tape to reveal the perfect striped background.

I then set that aside whilst I began working on the larger background ~ for this, I used an 8" x 8" board and again painted the entire surface using Chalk White PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint. I then started to create some layers by first using Texture Paste applied through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and then mixing a small amount of paint with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and then applying this to random areas of the background by applying it through the Mesh Layering Stencil. Let all your paste dry before adding splashes and flicks of Black Soot and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.
Edge the entire painted board with a line of Black Soot and set aside to dry before mounting the smaller striped background onto the centre, using foam pads to add dimension.

Now for embellishments and for this, I began by die cutting a piece of chipboard using the Postage Frame Movers and Shapers die and placing the largest of the Sized Rectangle movers and shapers dies in the centre to create my frame. I then painted the frame with a coat of gesso before applying a layer of Antiqued Bronze paint mixed with a little Vintage Photo. Completely dry the painted frame and then apply a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint. Allow the paint to dry and the crackles to appear before adding a small amount of Walnut Stain Distress Stain and letting the colour seep into the cracks. Wipe away the excess with a damp cloth.
For the crackled background within the frame, I painted a piece of Manila card with a layer of Black Soot Distress Paint, added a layer of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze over the top and when dry, I added a layer of Snowflake Fresco Finish. Let the paint dry and the crackles appear!
Die cut the crackled card using the Honeycomb die from the gorgeous Mixed Media dies by Tim Holtz and attach the die cut card to the back of your postage stamp frame. Mount the frame onto the striped background.
Die cut the remaining crackled card using the Garden Greens die and set the foliage aside to add later.
For the large flower, I used the Tattered Florals die to die cut card, coloured with...yep, you guessed it ~ Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain!! I assembled the flower by layering the die cut shapes over the top of one another and then added a centre by punching black card using a Martha Stewart Snowflake die. To complete the flower, I added a crystal centrepiece.
Attach the flower to the front to the bottom left hand corner of the frame and add the die cut crackled foliage, some rusty wire coils and some pieces of Idea-ology, including a photo from the Emporium Ephemera pack and some Sprocket Gears. 
To complete the project, I attached twine to an Observations word band, coloured with Picket Fence Distress paint and added this to my arrangement, letting the twine hang just fall loosely onto the board. 

I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and if you're inspired to have a go at creating a striped background, then I'd love to see! 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 Stamp. 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:

Distress Spray Stain: Abandoned Coral
Distress Stain: Walnut Stain
Mediums: Ranger Texture Paste, Snowflake and Chalk PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint, Crackle Glaze, Gesso
Embellishments: Twine
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Dot Fade, Mesh
Surfaces: Greyboard from my stash, Manila Card, Black Card

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Enjoy Yourself...

Hey everyone!

It's the first Saturday of the month which means it's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog and here's a sneaky peek of what I made for the recent Create and Craft shows using the Love A Cuppa collection!
Hope you'll click HERE to pop over to the blog to check out the rest of my makes and that you all have a fabulous weekend!
See you on Monday with my regular Simon Says Stamp post!
Love Emma xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

A Home Is Made of Love and Dreams...

Hey everyone and wishing you all a very Happy May Day!

Firstly, thank you so much to all my new followers, it's always lovely to see new faces and I hope you enjoy my creative journey! :)

Today, I'm popping by to share a little project that I made using some gorgeous DecoArt products. I've used their products in the past but I had never used Chalky Finish paint and I was absolutely blown away with the result!
I'd picked up a piece of home decor from Primark a while back, it was reduced to £1 and it was one of those moments when I thought, "hey, that might be useful to upcycle one never know"! Of course, it stayed in my stash and I never found that moment until now and armed with Relic and Everlasting Chalky paint, I gave this unloved piece a makeover ~ which took it from this..... this!!!
I love the look of French shabby chic furniture and decided to create a piece that would have the same feel. So after painting my Home sign with a coat of Relic, I then dry brushed a layer of Everlasting over the top. I sanded back some of the top layer of paint to reveal the layer underneath before applying a coat of Creme Wax, which will protect my paint.
To embellish my shabby chic sign, I added a Prima Marketing Resin Angel and some Finnabair Metal Flowers ~ all of which are altered using Metallic Lustre Waxes in Fab Fuchsia and Gold Rush.
To complete the arrangement, I also added some paper roses which I dipped into a little of the Everlasting Chalky Finish Paint, a hat pin and a paperclip.
To go alongside my newly painted home decor sign, I also painted a bottle using a couple of coats of Serene Chalky Finish paint, with a dry brushing of Everlasting over the top. The paint adheres to the glass beautifully and I love how you can sand it back to reveal some of the glass underneath and create a worn look. To complete the bottle, I applied some Relic through an Andy Skinner stencil. To give the paint a durable finish, I popped the throughly dry bottle into the oven for 30 mins, 325 F ~ this cures the paint.
As a finishing touch, I added twine and hanging metal heart before making some paper roses using the Tattered Pinecone die from Tim Holtz and colouring the petals with Distress Inks to create an everlasting bouquet of flowers.
Thank you so much for popping by today and I hope you love these pieces of home decor that I've made!

See you soon ~ love Emma xx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Treasure Life... 12 Tags of 2015

Hey everyone!

Thank you for all your lovely visits to my blog and a big thank you for all the comments you've left me on yesterday's post ~ I've really enjoyed reading them all!

Today, I'm just popping by to share my April version of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags for 2015 which you can see HERE! I know I'm a little late joining the party but better late than never and I've just about made it by the skin of my teeth ~ I'm not sure where April has gone but it's sure flown by!

As always, I hope you love my interpretation of Tim's wonderful tag...

As you've probably notice by now, I have chosen different stamps to the ones that Tim used. I do have the Flower Garden stamps but I'd only just used that gorgeous set in a forthcoming magazine commission (watch out for the July issue of Making Cards Magazine) and I thought it would be nice to use something a little, with this in mind I chose to use the butterflies from the Watercolor set.
On of my favourite things to do is relax with some of my favourite music, watercoloring with Distress Marker pens and this was the perfect tag for my to indulge in!
I've used all the techniques that Tim used on his tag but I added a little crackled bottle in place of the star and popped a piece of twisted wire and a Chit Chat sticker into the cork...
As a finishing touch, I mounted the entire tag on a piece of ripped and torn corrugated card!
I really hope you love my version of the April tag and as always, thank you so much for stopping by today ~ I really appreciate it!
See you Emma xxx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Runway Fashion ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and you're now all refreshed and raring to go for the new week ahead!

Over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog we have a brand new challenge starting today and this week is ~ ANYTHING GOES! Yes, you can do anything you want, there are no rules ~ just craft!!

For those who know me well, you will know that I love fashion and I adore the work of Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Dior, Lulu Guinness and Karl Lagerfeld. So with this in mind, when I started working on this challenge piece at the end of March (I work well in advance, lol) and because as soon as I saw the gorgeous new Runway stamps by Tim Holtz, I just knew these stamps were my thing and I would have to use them and was inspired to create a triptych of tags using yellow as a main feature because that was the colour that was so heavily featured in the spring/summer catwalk shows.
To begin with I took three Manila tags and coated each tag with a mix of Scattered Straw and Picket Fence Distress Paint. When the paint was dry I applied Texture Paste through the Lace Layering Stencil. Mount each tag when the paste is dry onto steel grey card, leaving a narrow border around the outside.

Now to move onto the next stage and for this I cut three pieces of watercolour card, 13.5 x 7cm and using the City Scapes stamp set, I individually stamped the London, Paris and New York skylines across the bottom of each piece of card. I then went on to stamp the Runway models above each of the skylines.
Next, I watercoloured the stamped images, using a watercolour brush to pick up colour from Distress Marker Pens that I scribbled onto a craft sheet. I wanted to keep the sketchy feel to these stamps and so decided to give them a soft washed watercolour effect. Give them a quick blast with a heat tool and then using the Distress Marker Spritzer, add some background detail to each of the panels.

Machine stitch around the outside of each panel and then attach them to the tags using foam pads.

Using jet black Archival Ink, stamp the London, Paris, New York wording onto a further piece of card and cut the words into individual cities. Ink around the edges and attach each to the top section of your tag.
Dye some crinkle ribbon with Scattered Straw Distress Spray Stain and cut small strips and thread through the holes in two of the tags, securing them with a knot. For the third tag which will be in the centre, tie the ribbon into a scruffy bow and attach to the top of the tag, adding a resin rose to the centre.
As a finishing touch, add small sequins around the image in the centre for a little bit of glamour and subtle glitz!
Finally, all we need to do is piece our tags together and for this I cut small pieces of the steel grey card, approx 8 x 4cm and score and fold vertically down the centre of each to form hinges. Stick the card hinges to the back of the first tag, placing them evenly at the top and bottom and then attach the second tag to the first, leaving a slight gap between the two tags of approx 1/16".
This will ensure that the tags will close perfectly when folded together. Attach the third and final tag to complete the triptych and that completes my fashion inspired project.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and love my finished project. 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 Stamp. 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:

Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Scattered Straw
Distress Spray Stain: Scattered Straw
Embellishments: Sequins

Monday, 20 April 2015

Due Date ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone!

Well, another week has flown by and it's already time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our challenge is called ~ DUE DATE!

Will you think of libraries, date stamps or maybe craft assignments? Or will you craft along the lines of a new baby or perhaps something past it's due date? We look forward to seeing what you create and don't forget the due date for this challenge is no later than Sunday evening!

For my project, I decided to upcycle a clipboard. What was once a boring old board, is now something a lot more exciting and will have pride of place in my craft room!
To begin with, using a palette knife I applied a good coat of Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste over the entire surface of the board and set it aside for those cracks to appear! Once the board is dry, then you can start adding colour and for this I used a wash of Cracked Pistachio, Picket Fence and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Give the paint a blast of heat to dry it and then I added a small amount of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and let it seep into the cracks before wiping away any excess using a baby wipe.
I added some more Picket Fence around the outside and then dabbed a clear embossing pad onto random areas around the edge and applied Sticky Embossing Powder over the top before tapping away the excess. Heat the powder and then I used the Ranger Foil Sheets to apply small amounts of gold to give a rich, opulent look. Add a small amount of Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges.

The next stage was to alter the clip from a shiny silver to a rusty bronze and for this, I used Alcohol Inks applied to the clip using a felt applicator tool.
For the finishing touch, I added an alpha part, coloured with Picket Fence and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and now, you have one altered clipboard ready for the fun part of embellishing!
For this, I started by adding a strip of film ribbon across my board and held this in place with Tissue Tape. I then used a Size 5 tag that I coloured by dragging through Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain that I applied to my craft sheet. I used the same embossed method as before to create the gold finish around the edge before mounting a stamped image over the top. I then attached the tag to my board, together with some of Tim Holtz's Pocket Cards.
I then wanted to add and build up some more layers and texture and decided to use the gorgeous new dies from Tim. First, I die cut the feathers duo and then embossed them with the Texture Fade. I painted each feather with a blend of Peacock Feathers and Shabby Shutters Distress Paint and dried them with a heat tool. To bring out the veins in the embossed areas, I added a small amount of Picket Fence over the top using my fingertip.
I then used the Butterfly Duo die to die cut one of the butterflies twice and once again, embossed them with the matching Texture Fade. I coloured each of these using Abandoned Coral and Barn Door Distress Paint. I tipped the wings with more of the gold foil and then, layered the first butterfly with the gold tips over the top of the second die cut and added a Pen Nib to the centre.
I added the butterfly together with feathers and secured them into place. I also added an ephemera piece and various pieces of idea-ology to the arrangement ~ all the idea-ology is coloured with Treasure Gold to give a more vintage rusty look.

For my final embellishment, I used one the circular die from the Scribbles and Splats die set and die cut a piece of card coloured with Distress Inks. I added touches of gold foil to the die cut and then tucked it into place.
As a finishing touch, I added some studs in each corner and small crystal embellishments.

Now all that's left for me to do is hang this in pride of place and clip my reminders onto the board which means *fingers crossed*, I will never forget a due date ever again!
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and love the finished clipboard. 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 Stamp. 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: Week Journey
Distress Stain: Brushed Pewter
Alcohol Inks: Miner's Lantern


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