Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Twenty Fifteen ~ 12 Tags of 2015

Hey everyone...

Thank you so much for all the visits over the last week and for all the lovely comments you leave me, I always enjoy reading each and every one of them!

Today, I'm just dropping by to share my first tag in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015!! You can check out Tim's wonderful tag and tutorial, HERE and this is my version!
As usual, I've made a few little variations on Tim's tag and excluding the rusty old nail and the small wooden stars, all products are by Tim Holtz.
As always, I hope you love what I've done and enjoy looking at all the detailed shots of the tag!



Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again, very soon!
Love Emma xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

The Sky's The Limit ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you've had a fabulous weekend and you're ready for the week ahead! Of course, a brand new week means the start of a brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week is called ~ "From Up In The Clouds". Whether you are inspired to create a light and fluffy piece, use sky blue, create an art journal or quote about clouds, or if you have your own interpretation of our challenge ~ we invite you to go soaring among the clouds with us this week!

For my project, I decided to do some journaling and made a two page layout using the theme of the sky's the limit! I wanted to make the sky the feature of this piece and chose to keep the rest of the layout in tones of black, grey and brown.
To begin with, I took my Dylusions journal and painted the surface of two pages with a coat of gesso. I then applied a layer of Distress Paints over the top, using a blended combination of Broken China, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass.

The next stage was to add some layers and for this, I used some Tissue Wrap and stuck torn pieces to the corners of the page. I then applied some more paint over the top of the Tissue Wrap to blend the edges of the tissue into the background.
Once I was happy with the background, I then needed to start creating the sky and for this, I used a scalloped edge circle punch and punched the shape from scrap paper. I then used this punch to create the appearance of clouds by using the Mini Blending Tool and sponging small amounts of Picket Fence Distress Paint around the top edge of the scalloped edge.
To complete the background and add layers of interest, I applied some Texture Paste through the Faded Dot Stencil and added flicks of Black Soot Distress Paint before stamping directly onto the background using the alphabet stamp from the Tim Holtz Alpha Type stamp inked with Watering Can Archival Ink.
Finally, using the Black Soot Distress Marker Pen and adding it to the Distress Marker Spritzer, I spritzed the ink through the Latticework stencil, directly onto random areas of the pages and that's the background finished!
For the next stage, I stamped the Bird in Flight stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink onto the background on the left hand page and coloured it with a wash of Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
I used the Industrious Stickers and Chit Chat Stickers to add the wording to the right hand side and added Remnant Rubs to various sections of the pages.
I added some Tissue Tape, Sprocket Gears painted with Distress Paints to give a rusty appearance, sequins and enamel dots to complete the pages...
...before attaching a Prima Cartographer Typewriter Key to the top of the page.
Don't forget that 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:

Stamps: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Alpha Type, Flying Bird
Layering Stencils: Latticework, Dot Fade
Distress Marker Pen: Black Soot
Corrugated card, antique button and acetate from my own collection




Monday, 19 January 2015

Winter Stamping ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to another week and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Can you believe how fast the past week has flown? It seems only a minute ago I was writing up last week's blog post ~ crazy!!

Anyway, this week's challenge is all about Winter Stamping! With the holidays well behind us and spring seeming so far away, let's focus on the season at hand. Will you stamp a snowy scene? Try a new use for a snowflake stamp? Perhaps be inspired by the colours of winter in your ink choice ~ however you decide to get stamping, we can't wait for you to share and join us!

For my project, I was inspired by the movie, Frozen! I watched it for the first time over the Christmas period, (yes, I know I'm a little behind and that is very remiss of me being such a huge Disney fan) ~ and I loved it but was most inspired by the beautiful soft blue colour palette, the icy, frosty feel of the movie and of course, Olaf and that's why I created this tag! As always, I hope you love it!

To begin with, I created the tag background and for this I used a Giant Manila tag and applied Picket Fence Distress Paint over the entire surface, heat dried it and then spritzed the tag with Brushed Pewter and Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain to give a marbled effect.

After having a think about the design, I decided to turn the tag upside down and die cut the bottom edge (which is now the top) using the Torn Notebook On The Edge Die before mounting it onto white corrugated card stock.

I then started work on the background for my scene and began by using a piece of white stamping card and stamping the entire card with the Holiday Knits stamp by Tim Holtz inked with clear embossing ink. I then applied white embossing powder over the top and heat embossed to create a resist for the next stage. I then used Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the top of the embossed surface and gently buffed up the white embossed area with a dry cloth to remove any stray ink.
After mounting the background onto a piece of blue Gauze Paper, I distressed the edges and then layered it over some cheesecloth and attached it to my tag background.

Now to create the scene and for this I stamped the Blueprint Snowman, stamped onto white card and coloured the image with Distress Marker Pens before cutting around the snowman.
For the snowman's eyes, I used small black pearls.
I then added the stamped image to a backdrop of Holiday Greens die cut from card coloured with Iced Spruce and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains.
The snowflakes are die cut from acetate covered with Frosted Film, which I then coloured by blending the surfaces with Cornflower Archival Ink. I set the ink with a heat gun and then add small amounts of Picket Fence Distress Paint to give a snowy appearance and a sequin in the centre of each.
I attached the snowflakes to my scene, together with some more torn cheesecloth and some Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers before adding a Flash Card attached to a Memo Pin.
Finally, I coloured some Crinkle Ribbon with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stain and tied it into a big bow at the bottom of my tag, adding two small skates and an antique button, both stained with Picket Fence Distress Paint to complete the project.
I really hope you've been inspired by my winter stamping project and can't wait to see what you create!
Don't forget that 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 Paint: Picket Fence
Distress Stain: Broken China, Tumbled Glass
Distress Spray Stains: Iced SpruceBrushed Pewter, Faded Jeans
Corrugated card, antique button and acetate from my own collection



Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Night Owl

Hey everyone!

At the moment, I'm sitting here with the sun streaming through the windows and it's hard to believe that we have gale force winds forecast for later, some areas have snow and yesterday, only a mile away from my home, there was a mini tornado!!! It all happened around lunchtime yesterday, and the skies turned black and in ten minutes we had torrential rain and hailstorms, wind, lightning and thunder ~ it was like a scene from the Wizard of Oz and then it was gone! The sun came out and shone for the rest of the day ~ crazy weather!!

In the meantime, I've just popped by to share a Designs With A Difference card that was in the January issue of Making Cards Magazine! You can read all about how I made this card in the magazine ~ back issues are available HERE but I thought I'd share it with you all and show you it in detail! As always, I hope you love it!

As you can see I created a freestanding box card and what's so wonderful about it is that you can fold it down flat for posting!

I used lots of various Tim Holtz products on this project including Distress Inks to create the background and moon, Sizzix Alterations dies to created the scene and added crinkle ribbon to complete the card. The backing papers are from Lili of the Valley.

 If you want to see how I created this background, then I have a tutorial HERE.
Some close ups of the detail.
Before I go, I wanted to let you all know that the February issue of Making Cards is now out and you will not want to miss it as there is a bumper amount of FREE papers with this issue ~ 32 in total and they are all gorgeous! Plus, I have not one, not two but THREE projects in this issue and they are all about LOVE and Valentine's Day!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and stay safe in this unpredictable weather!!

See you all soon ~ love Emma xxx



Monday, 12 January 2015

Inky Backgrounds ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and looking forward to the new week ahead!

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the challenge was chosen by Anna-Karin and is all about, INKY BACKGROUNDS! Will you create a messy effect? Do some distress stamping of just directly apply inks to your background? Whatever you choose to do, take this as a chance to explore and play with ink!

For my project this week, I chose to make a card using Distress Inks to create the background to my wintery looking card featuring one of the adorable sketchy birds from Dina Wakley.
To begin with, I cut a piece of white stamping card to measure 12.5 x 16cm.

I wanted to create a pattern around the outside of the card and chose to use a resist technique using Distress Paint. For this, I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Paint directly onto the flourish stamp from the Shabby French Stamp set by Tim Holtz. I then stamped randomly around the outside of the card stock. Once I was happy with the pattern, I heat dried the paint. Remember at this point to clean the paint of your stamp immediately!

Once the paint is completely dry, it's now time to add the inky background. Using mini Distress Ink Pads, I applied small amounts of Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Weathered Wood ink from the pads directly onto a craft sheet and spritzed very lightly with water. I then swiped my card through the inks to pick up the colour. Heat dry the card and then pick up any remaining inks from the craft sheet to build up the background. What's cool about this technique is that the Distress Paint stamping will resist the inks to give this gorgeous look to your background!

Distress and using Walnut Stain Distress Ink, ink around the edges of the card before matting it onto a piece of corrugated card stock.

Stamp the image of the Scribbly Bird onto white card and then colour. I used Festive Berries, Barn Door and Gathered Twigs Mini Distress Ink Pads and built up the colour using a blending tool. Cut around the outline and set aside. Stamp the quote directly onto the inked background using black Archival Ink.
Cut a strip of Crinkle Ribbon, enough to create a shabby bow and also a piece to wrap around the matted layers of card. Apply Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain to your craft sheet and let the ribbon soak up the stain before drying it. Wrap the small strip of ribbon around the bottom section of the yardstick and using the Attached Tool, fix into place.

Tie the remaining ribbon into a bow and then mount the matted layers onto the front of your card blank.

Die cut a selection of Holiday Greens foliage from card which has been coloured and spritzed with Shabby Shutters and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains. 
Add the foliage and then attach the stamped bird image to your card. I used foam pads when I attached the bird, to add dimension.

Ink up the word "tweet" from the stamp set and stamp onto a piece of small piece of card stock inked with the same colours as the background. Cut the message into a banner shape and attach with a Memo Pin.

Place a sparkly gem in the centre of the bow to complete the card.

I really hope you've enjoyed today's project and hope you're inspired to use this fun resist technique using Distress Paints and Inks.

Don't forget that 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 Paint: Brushed Pewter
Distress Stain: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Distress Spray Stains: Shabby Shutters, Brushed Pewter
Sizzix Dies: Holiday Greens
Idea-Ology ~ Memo PinCrinkle Ribbon
Surfaces: Ranger Speciality Stamping Card, White Card
Corrugated card from my own collection


Monday, 5 January 2015

It's A New Year ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to a new year of challenges for Simon Says Stamp. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

So to kick things off, we have an exciting new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's called ~ "Make New Friends, But Keep The Old" and for the first challenge of the 2015 we are celebrating both old and new! Will you use an old favourite and pair it with a new supply? Try an old technique with a new stamp? However you feature old (or new) ~ we can't wait to kick off this crafty year with you!

For my project, I decided to celebrate the start of the new year and created a "new" journal by altering an old book that I found in my crafty stash to give it a new lease of life and a complete makeover.


To begin with, I took an old wire bound book that to be honest, had seen better days and needed a facelift. I really should have taken a photo of it for you to see the transformation but totally forgot in my eagerness to get going!!

I covered the cover of the book with a good coat of gesso which I left to dry. Once the gesso had dried, I then started the transformation and for this, I used Distress Paints. I began by applying a layer of Spun Sugar Distress Paint over the surface and blended it with a touch of Victorian Velvet. Ensuring the paint was dry, I then applied some Tissue Tape onto random areas of the painted cover before adding some more paint to blend in the edges of the tape and applying a third colour, Mustard Seed Distress Paint. 
To knock back some of the colour, I then dry brushed some Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top before blasting the paint with a heat gun to dry it.

Once the paint is dry, place the Latticework Layering Stencil over random areas of the cover and using the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool and Black Soot Distress Marker, spritz the colour through the stencil. Give the stencilled area a quick blast with the heat gun to set the ink and then add splashes of Black Soot Distress Paint by flicking it onto the cover.
To complete the cover, I added some lines around the edges using a ruler that I dipped into Watering Can Archival Ink and just dragging the ruler along the cover, to create the lines

Now, comes the fun part of layering all the Ephemera pieces onto the cover. I used the Distressing Tool to slightly distress the edges of a selection of pieces and then inked them, before mounting them onto my cover using foam to created different heights and dimension and grouping them into a cluster.
At this point I also added some Film Ribbon which I tucked behind the Ephemera pieces and a coil of Wire String. As the focal point I used the butterfly from the Ephemera pack, which I coloured with Distress Inks. I added this to the centre of the clock face and shaped the wings.

I then wanted to add some metal Idea-Ology hardware and to begin with I used the same colours of Distress Paints as I used on the cover and applied the paint to an arrow which I placed through the body of the butterfly, some Gears and I also added a Compass Coin with a Clock Key attached to the centre.

I also covered the "Documented" word from the Framed Alpha Parts set and numbers from the Signmaker Alpha Parts with the paint and attached these to the cover.

We're nearly there and all that was left was to add some texture to my cover and for this, I dyed some Crinkle Ribbon with Spun Sugar Distress Stain, tied it into a bow and attached it to my cover, together with some decorative pins and a Heart Charm attached to a wire pin and threaded through the centre of the bow.
Finally, I attached some mini corners to my cover to complete my book...
...and that completes the transformation of my old "seen better days" book to a new book, all ready to document a brand new year!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and enjoyed my tutorial of how I created a new cover for my notebook.

Don't forget that 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 Stain: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet
Mediums: Gesso
Embellishments: Prima Wire Thread
Decorative Pins from my own collection

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