Monday, 27 July 2015

Not Your Regular Paper ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week, the challenge is called ~ NOT YOUR REGULAR PAPER and we really hope you'll play along with us!

From speciality stamping paper to glitter, corrugated to extra heavy mixed media or tissue ~ there are plenty of wonderful papers out there and we challenge you to use something other than regular patterned paper or cardstock and inspire us with the world of papers available!

For my project, I chose to create a journal page combining a quote from my favourite actress and style icon, Audrey Hepburn and one of the most wonderful cities in the world, Paris and on these pages, I used two types of paper that I don't often think about using ~ vellum and glitter!

To begin with I took my Dylusions journal and I applied a small amount of Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the pages. I spritzed the paint with water and then moved the book around to allow the paint to run and create a dripped effect. I then heat dried the paint and added some tissue tape across the centre of the pages as a base for me to work on (it doesn't matter which design of tissue tape you use, as they are all gorgeous and will work equally as well) and also added some to the left hand page, in the top corner. Next, I applied Texture Paste with a palette knife through the Gothic Layering Stencil, adding it to random areas of my page. 
Once the paste is dry, I then spritzed the layered and textured background with Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.

I love the effect this gave me and the two colours of Distress combined created just the colours I wanted for a French shabby chic feel to my pages.

For the final layer of interest and texture, I mixed some micro beads and glass glitter into some Matte gel and applied them onto the background, together with some ripped pieces of cheesecloth before stamping the Paris postmark directly onto the paper.
Whilst the pages are thoroughly drying, I started to create the elements for the layers and began by distressing the edges of pocket cards and ephemera pieces. I then used some of the gorgeous deco paper, (not my regular paper!!!) and die cut a gorgeous glittery Eiffel Tower using Tim's die. 
At this point I also die cut the picture wheel from white card and painted it with Distress Paints to create a more vintage feel.

I layered all my elements onto the background and added the Eiffel Tower as the crowning glory.
I then attached a border Industrious sticker to the opposite page and used the stickers to create the word, Paris. 
Below that I then stamped the rest of the quote using Hero Arts stamps and added a couple of sprocket gears to the pages.

For the finishing touch I added some punched butterflies, punched from the Wallflower Vellum paper stash and I layered each butterfly to create the look of them fluttering before attaching them to the page.
Finally, I flicked watered down Gesso over the pages and set them aside to dry.
 
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created these pages and how I incorporated two papers that I don't used often enough but will definitely be revisiting again soon!
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 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:

Tim Holtz Dies: Picture Wheel, Eiffel Tower
Tim Holtz Stamps: Paris Postmark
Tim Holtz Punch: Butterfly
Distress Spray Stain: Stormy Sky, Tarnished Brass
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Gothic
Finnabair Art Ingredients: Silver Micro BeadsSoft Matte GelCopper Glass Glitter

Monday, 20 July 2015

Inspiration and Imagination ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

This week's challenge is called ~ "I" Scream for.....
From ice cream to IndigoBlu, and inks to ice resin ~ this week the letter 'i' is our inspiration and we can't wait to see how you will be inspired this week?

For my project, I created a canvas that was inspired by a world of pure imagination and one of my favourite musicals/books, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory...

So, to see how I created this piece ~ come with me and you'll be able to enter my world of pure imagination...

To begin with I took an 8" square canvas board and applied a layer of Dina Wakley's Sky Blue Paint over the top. I then layered some more colour over the top using Tim Holtz's Picket Fence, Twisted Citron, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint which all blended together perfectly.

Once I was happy with my background, I heat dried the paint and then sponged some more Antiqued Bronze paint around the edge. Another blast of heat to dry it was needed before moving onto the next stage.

Place the Layering stencil onto random areas of the background and sponge a small amount of Stormy Sky Distress Paint through the Bubble Layering Stencil. Once dry, I dipped a Distress Paint bottle top into Black Soot Distress Paint and stamped the circles onto the background. Heat dry the paint, then overstamp the circles with the bottle top using gesso, slightly offsetting them to the original black circles to create a shadow.

When dry, I applied Texture Paste through the Traveler Layering Stencil, adding the words Explore and Adventure onto the top left and bottom right hand corners of the canvas.

I also added paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and attached torn pieces of Tissue Tape onto the painted background. For the final layer of texture, I mixed copper micro beads and glass glitter into soft matte gel and then applied to the canvas with a palette knife.
Finally, to complete the background add flicks of Black Soot Distress paint across the canvas.

Die cut the World Globe and some clouds (using the clouds from the Mini Airplane and Clouds Movers and Shapers die set) from Metallic Core'dinations card. Ink the surface of the die cuts with Hazelnut, Gold Fixative and a touch of Pitch Black Alcohol Ink.
I matted the globe onto a circle of Core'dinations card using foam pads to add dimension and attach this and the clouds to my canvas.
I used a few of the stamps from the Correspondence stamp set to add more interest to my background before adding the wording using Alpha Parts painted with Distress Paints, Chit Chat Stickers and Big Chat stickers. I then applied Tarnished Brass Distress paint to the surface of the Adornment Arrow and wrapped some twine around it before attaching it to the word arrangement.
As the finishing touch I added a hinge clip altered with Picket Fence and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and attached a swivel clasp and enamel tag to the clip. I then added Remnant Rubs over the top of the tag to complete the project.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and that you love this canvas! I just wish you could see it in reality as it captures the light so beautifully and that metallic kraft core card stock is just a wonderful addition to my paper crafting!

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 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:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade, Bubble, Traveler
Finnabair Art Ingredients: Copper Micro BeadsSoft Matte GelPearl Glass Glitter

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Beauty In Simplicity...

Hey everyone!!

Today, I'm thrilled to have been asked as a guest on the Simon Says Stamp blog and hope you'll all pop over to their blog to check out my vintage ephemera project, full of Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink goodness! There's a little sneaky peek below to whet your appetites and I hope you'll love this project as much as I loved making it!
Thanks for stopping by today and see you tomorrow with my next little creation!
Love Emma xx

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Festive Chalkboard

Hi everyone!

I have a second post this month over on the Craftwork Cards blog, (you can see the first post HERE) and hope you'll pop by to check out the rest of the cards that I made using the Festive Chalkboard collection and just to whet your appetites, here's just a little sneaky peek and part of a project that I'm sharing!
Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!
Happy Weekend...love Emma xx

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Making Cards Magazine Christmas Special 2015

Hi everyone!

I'm just popping by to let you all know that the fabulous Making Cards Christmas Special for 2015 is back and better than ever and can be ordered here!
 In addition to being packed full of projects from some of your favourite contributors, with this edition and for the first time ever, the craft papers are provided on DVD also, meaning people can print them out as many times as they wish offering unlimited crafting! The craft papers include a beautiful array of traditional, modern, religious and cute imagery meaning making cards for all will be easy this Christmas! 
The DVD on which they are provided also features four exclusive tutorials by Sara Naumann and Donna McKean to enhance your Christmas cards. As if that wasn’t enough.. every copy comes with a free Starry Night embossing folder! 
The Making Cards Christmas Special is available to pre-order at a discounted price of only £4.95 until 12th August. After this the regular price of £5.95 will apply.
Making Cards Christmas Special 2015 will be published 28th August

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon...love Emma x

Monday, 13 July 2015

Bird Crazy ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week there are no rules, it's just ANYTHING GOES!!

Hope you'll join us and play along and we can't wait to see what you create...

For my project, I decided to have a bit of fun this week and wanted to play with those crazy birds  and speaking of crazy birds ~ did you see Tim's new Bird Crazy die set and all those fun stamps that now go with these birds? I just love them and can't wait to play with these asap! But I digress, so back to this week's post and my card...and because I don't have either of those sets...YET, I combined one of the birds with my other favourite stamp collection from Tim Holtz ~ Flower Garden.
So, here's how I made it...
To begin with I took a piece of watercolour card and stamped my bird into position using Jet Black Archival Ink. I then scribbled my colours of Distress Marker Pens onto my craft sheet and using a water brush, I picked up the colour and painted my adorable crazy bird!

Always heat dry your artwork to set the inks before moving onto the next stage and for this I used Distress Inks and a blending tool to create a cloudy sky background, by blending the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around a scalloped die cut and used Pumice Stone Distress Ink to add the ground for the bird to stand on.

Now, I need to work on those flowers and for this I stamped three images of the same flower and again water coloured them using Distress Marker Pens and a water brush.
I also stamped a couple of the stems and used Twisted Citron and Shabby Shutters to colour them.

I cut the leaves away from one of the stems and then attached both stems to my artwork, adding the cutaway leaves at the bottom, where the stems join.

I then placed two of my painted flowers onto the stems and used foam pads to add some dimension.
As for the remaining flower, well it had to be done...his face was crying out for it and the last flower was popped onto his head!! Again I used foam pads to created dimension and perspective.
To complete my artwork I inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and matted it onto black soot core'dinations card. I mounted the artwork onto a black card blank and added some dried moss, cheesecloth and a Remnant Rub.
I then stamped the quote onto some inked card stock, matted it onto a piece of card which I inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to match my flowers and attached the quote, together with some linen ribbon, tied into a bow.
As the finishing touch I added a beautiful crystal gem...
 ...and that completes my project for this week and who could not love that little face, with his quizzical look ~ he's just totally adorable and I hope you've loved this card, as much as I loved making it! I definitely smiled throughout the creative process!
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 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:

Dried Moss and cheesecloth from my own stash

Friday, 10 July 2015

Making Cards August Issue OUT NOW!

Hi everyone!

I'm just dropping by to let you all know that the new issue of Making Cards Magazine is out NOW!!
I have two features in this issue which includes my Seaside Shaker project complete with a step by step of how to create a fun shaker card using lots of Tim Holtz products and various techniques including how to create striped backgrounds and watery inked effects! You can see a sneaky peek of this project in the top right hand corner!

I also have a set of Zentangle colouring cards using the FREE papers from the magazine. There is a real hype around colouring for adults at the moment and these are perfect for all those people who love this trend!


Making Cards August edition is packed full of inspiring projects, shopping pages and competition prizes as well 16 FREE QUALITY CRAFT PAPERS, Retro Kids and Zentangle! In fact, this month includes the most ever projects in a regular edition! Visit www.makingcardsmagazine.com or call 01778 395171 for single sales and subscription. Also available in craft shops, Hobbycraft, WHSmith and selected Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco stores.

Thanks for stopping by today and if you're inspired by any of my cards from the magazine, then I would love to see what you create...

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and the sun shines wherever you are!
Love Emma xx



LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Total Pageviews