Monday, 15 October 2018

Toil & Trouble...

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a great weekend and thank you so much for all the lovely comments I received on the projects I shared with you all last week ~ I really was blown away with all the kind words and I'm thrilled you loved them all!

Today we have a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge starting and this week our theme is called Starry Night and as the title suggests, we want you to create a project that features stars!

For my project, I felt the magic in the air and decided to create a tag that featured one of my favourite ever Halloween dies from Tim Holtz ~ Witchcraft. This project was in my head from the very first time I saw the brand new Swirling Stars die and I've just been waiting to share it with you all because I knew from that moment, I wanted to combine these two beautiful dies with this challenge theme and create a magical scene that I hope you love....
So, it's time for the brand new challenge to begin and here's how I created this piece...

To begin with I started with my witch and used the Witchcraft die to die cut three pieces of really thick card, the thickest card that can be cut using a thinlit die. I cut away the witches broomstick from the original image and then layered the die cuts together, using Matte Collage Medium to secure them into place and painted the card black with Black Soot Distress Paint. Once dry, I added a thin layer of Matte Collage Medium over the top and sprinkled the surface with Black Soot Distress Glitter. Tap away the excess and set aside to dry.
Moving onto the background, I used a piece of watercolour card, cut to the same size as the Mini Etcetera Tag. I then applied the following colours of Distress Oxide Inks to my glass mat ~ Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Hickory Smoke, Antique Linen and Stormy Sky. I then spritzed the inks and my card very lightly with a mist of water before swooshing the card through the inks, picking up the colour. If you need more colour to a particular area, just heat dry the surface and then go back in and pick up some more until you're happy with your background.
Once I had the colour I wanted, I then spritzed with Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray, heat dried the card and inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

To die cut the stars into the card, I placed my witch, which should be dry by now and popped her into the position on the background, placing her where she would finally be standing on the finished project. I then placed the swirl of stars die, from the Swirling Stars die set to appear as if they would be coming from the wand in her hand. Attach the die with some low tack masking tape and then die cut the card. Place a piece of gold metallic card behind the die cut stars, so that it shows through and attach the gold card into place.
Mount the watercolour background onto your tag, adhering it into place with Matte Collage Medium and trim away any excess card overlapping the tag.

To create a really nice edge to the covered tag, I used the Sanding Tool and just sand away any stray pieces of card.

Around the edge of the tag, I used the Black Soot Distress Crayon, blending out any harsh lines with my fingertips.

To complete the background of the tag, I inked up the Tangled Webs stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamped the image across the top section before adding some texture using Grit Paste through  the Speckles Layering Stencil. Add a final splatter of Picket Fence Distress Paint across the background and allow to dry.
Taking my glittered witch, I placed her onto some foam pads to add dimension and then attached her to the tags slightly overlapping the edge, adding a piece of wood beneath her feet, so that she was standing on something and not floating in mid air. At this stage, I also added a little wand which is from the Tim Holtz idea-ology Treasure's Adornments set and placed this in her hand.
I then placed moss around the base of her feet, attaching it with the Collage Medium.

Using the single dies from the Swirling Stars die set, die cut the stars from gold metallic kraft card and attach three of them around the witch. I also added a couple of spiders from the Halloween Remnant Rubs to complete this section of the background.

For the little spooky arrangement by the side of her, I used some of the Pumpkins, that I sliced in half and just made a bit dirtier by rubbing the Black Soot Distress Crayon over the top. I attached these to the tag, together with a grinning skull and some more moss, tucking some Boneyard Findings into the moss.
Finally, I added my wording and for this I used a Quote Chip, 'toil & trouble' and a Clippings Sticker, 'in the dead of the night' and attached these to the left of the witch.
To complete my tag, I added some hand dyed crinkle ribbon, dyed using Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and threaded it thought the hole at the top.
Finally, I placed a hinge clip onto the side of the tag and attached a Halloween Story Stick, 'spells' which I altered with a little Picket Fence Distress Paint to accentuate the wording and wrapped some chain around a Halloween Key, again altered with some Picket Fence...
...and that completes this week's project and my magical tag and hope you've enjoyed the creative process! I just wish you could all see this project in real life as it does really sparkle and shine but cut to the good old British weather and the fact it was so dark due to a storm, I just couldn't capture it quite as much as I wanted to but hope I managed to show you some of that starry night shimmer!

 Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Moss, chain and crinkle ribbon from my own stash

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Fun & Festive Blog Hop...

Hello creative friends and Happy Thursday!

It's blog hop time over on Simon Says Stamp and we are celebrating the Fun & Festive release! I'm so excited to be one of the stops on this hop and if you've been hopping along, you'll have arrived here from Karin's blog but if you've just popped by and want to join in then just head back to the beginning and Simon Says Stamp's Blog, to join the fun. We also have a special promotion running with this hop and all you have to do is use code: FEST587 to get a free gift of Festive Stickles, while stocks last! The code will expire on Sunday 14th October at 11:59pm ET.
Now for my card which I created using some of the products from this fabulous release and it's something a little bit different from me but I've still given it my vintage twist that I love so much and hope you enjoy how this came together....
To make this card, I began with my background and for this I cut a panel of Tim Holtz HeavyStock Mixed Media card to measure 12.5 x 14cm. I then inked up the Mod Trees Background stamp with Versamark Ink and stamped directly onto the surface of the card before sprinkling Ranger Ink Sage Metallic Embossing Powder over the wet ink and heat embossed the powder until molten and shiny.

I then inked around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, machine stitched a border and matted the panel onto kraft card, followed by a layer of Woodgrain Watercolour card inked with Ground Expresso Distress Ink and finally a layer of green Tim Holtz Classic Kraft card. I then mounted the layers onto a kraft card blank.
For my adorable little teddy bear, I used the Picture Book Bear to die cut watercolour card ~ this creates a wonderful texture to the image and the appearance of it being furry. I inked the various sections of die cut card using Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Oxide Ink Pads for the main part of his face, Antique Linen for his snout, with a touch of Spun Sugar on his cheeks and Spun Sugar for his ears. His eyes and nose are coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint and then highlighted with a white pen. I also added little freckles with a Dylusions black paint pen. 
Once the bear was ready and assembled, I attached him to my card using foam pads for dimension and then added a little bow tie around his neck ~ just because no well dressed bear should be without his tie for Christmas. I created the bow using the Tim Holtz Folded Bow Die from Sizzix and used red classic kraft card. After placing the bow into position, I then attached some green buttons, which I stitched with cotton to look as if they were sewn on.
For a sentiment I used the Merry Christmas die to die cut red Classic Kraft card and added this down the side of the card.
To complete my card I added some pearls and crystal gems to the background and clipped a tim Holtz idea-ology Hinge Clip onto the side, which I painted with Festive Berries Distress Paint. I then took a Christmas Typed Token, altered with a little Picket Fence Distress paint to accentuate the number 25 and attached this to the clip.
...and that completes my card for this Fun & Festive Blog Hop and I hope you've enjoyed reading the creative process of how this fun and supercute piece came together! Don't forget that we would love for you to share your work in our Fun & Festive Gallery and can't wait to see what you make using the products.
Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog next Wednesday, 17th October.

Emma Williams ~ YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for hopping by today and hope to see you again soon!
Emma xx

Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Hinge Clips, Christmas Typed Tokens
Pearls and kraft card from my own stash

Monday, 8 October 2018

Something Dreadfully Wicked...

Hello everyone...

Welcome back to another week here on my blog and another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called CITYSCAPE and we want you to create something inspired by a city and can't wait to see what you create.

So, as Halloween fast approaches and the decorations are all ready to display, I decided to create a party invitation and created something dreadfully wicked using products from Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous and Sizzix to bring my scene to life! This invitation was actually inspired by the tv show, Gotham and I just love how they portray the city against the dark, mysterious night sky and decided it would be fun to create my own version for this challenge...
So, if you dare, come and join us because it's time for the brand new SSS Monday Challenge...

To begin with I created my background and for this, I cut a panel of watercolour card, 14 x 17cm. I then applied Black Soot, Hickory Smoke and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Inks to my glass mat, spritzed the ink and also my card, with a light misting of water and then dipped my card in and out of the inks. When working with the inks and building up the colour, I usually heat dry between layers as this will stop the inks becoming muddy and sludgy in appearance. Once I was happy with the dark colours, I then applied some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink to my clean glass mat, once again spritzed with water and then dipped the card into the ink. I then heat dried the card to ensure it was thoroughly dry before inking the edges with some Black Soot.

For the next stage of the background, I used the branches stamp from the Mr Bones stamp set to create the effect of lightning and stamped the image directly onto my background using a clear embossing pad and then sprinkled Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder over the top. Tap away the excess and then heat emboss until molten. Repeat the stamping to create the 'forked lightning' on your background, twisting and turning the stamp to create the effect.
Moving onto my little owl sitting on the moon, I took the image from the same stamp set as the branches and inked it up with Jet Black Archival Ink. I then stamped the owl onto watercolour card and coloured him with Distress Marker Pens. Cut the circle out by trimming around the outline and then I used foam pads on the back to attach the stamped image onto my background.
I matted my background onto silver metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of pewter card and a final layer of black card, before mounting the layered panel onto a bronze card blank that I had in my stash.

Now that I have my basic background, I'm ready to create the city and for this I used the Cityscape die from Tim Holtz and using both dies in the set, I cut both images, once from Black Soot Kraft Card and once from silver metallic kraft card.

I then sanded around the edges of each of the die cuts before adding some Vintage Gold and Old Silver Alchemy Wax over the top of the black card.

When I had the finish I wanted, I then layered the gilded black card over the top of the silver metallic card, slightly offsetting it to create a shadow down the side of the buildings.

I mounted my buildings onto the background, attaching the first layer directly onto the card, and layering the second set of buildings over the top using foam pads to add dimension.
Underneath the cityscape, I wanted to create the look of fog rising and for this, I dyed some cheesecloth with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Spray and once the cloth was dry, arranged it across the bottom of the city.
Moving on to the next stage, it's time to bring this city to life and create some atmosphere and for this I used some die cut stars that I actually had left over from a previous card I made and these were the waste die cuts that had popped out. I attached these, together with some bats cut from Black Soot kraft card using the Ghoulish die set.
Now all good cities need a local zombie and for this I used the one from the Ghoulish die set and cut him from green kraft card. Because I wanted to attach my zombie in the foreground and create quite a lot of dimension, I then cut a second layer from thick card and layered the green image over the top. This created a really substantial die cut that once attached didn't bend. You can see the dimension of this card, in the photo below.
I placed the zombie on foam pads and attached him on the foreground of my cityscape scene.

To complete the zombie, I added a little boneyard finding through his hand...
To complete the card, I used one of the Halloween Quote Chips, 'Something Dreadfully Wicked' and placed this at the bottom of the cityscape...
...and attached a little spider from the Halloween Adornments set, just crawling from underneath the quote chip.
All that was left for me to do, is add the inside and I just used my computer to type out the wording onto ordinary printer paper, which I then matted onto white card that I edged with some spider web design tape. To finish, I added a couple of die cut bats...
So, that completes this week's project and I hope it's given you some inspiration and ideas for your halloween and cityscape projects.

 Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Love This Life: Funky Foliage Tag...

Happy Sunday everyone!

Hope you're all having a great weekend! Today, I'm excited to be back on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog and below is a little sneak peek of what you'll find if you have the time to pop over ~ it's a celebration of my favourite time of year and is packed full of layers and dimension and all created using products from Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Stampers Anonymous!
Hope you enjoy the walk through my autumnal project and I'll see you tomorrow with another Monday Challenge piece!
Love Emma xx

Monday, 1 October 2018

The End...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called Tag It and the Dt are showcasing Tim Holtz products, which is something that you don't have to do to join in but I think everyone has a few of Tim's products in their stash!

For my project, I decided to carry on with my Halloween inspiration and created a project that tells the story of The Undertaker and used a Mini Etcetera Tag as my base and surrounded her with Tim Holtz idea-ology and a bouquet of dead flowers...

Welcome to the end....

I began by covering the tag with some paper from the Halloween Worn Wallpaper set ~ if only I could have enough of this design to create an accent wall in my home, I would be heaven, it is so beautiful!

I adhered the paper to the tag using Matte Collage Medium and then lightly sanded the edges to create a smooth, seamless edge. I then applied some more medium over the surface to seal the paper and allowed it to dry.

Once it was dry, I moved on to adding that vintage feel and took the Gathered Twigs Crayon and ran it along the edge, blending the colour out with a semi dry baby wipe. I love the way the crayon just sinks into the paper and accentuates the linen texture.

To complete the tag, I flicked some Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface and placed the hole reinforcer piece, painted with Black Soot and Tarnished Brass over the the hole at the top.

I now have my basic tag and can move onto the embellishments, starting with the photo, taken from the Ancestor's Paper Doll set, and this is going to be the main focal point of this piece. I used a sanding tool to just sand the edges of the photo before  applying a small amount of Vintage Collage Medium to create a worn, vintage appearance. I then used the Black Soot Distress Crayon, running it around the edge to create even more of an aged feel. A few rips and tears and curled edges complete the photo before I matted it onto kraft card to create a frame. I then mounted the image onto the right hand side of the tag using foam pads.
Now, we move onto the 'dead bouquet' which has entwined itself around the broomstick and I started by cutting a selection of flowers from cream card using the Tiny Tattered Floral die. I then spritzed the die cuts with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain before heat drying them. At this point you will have a pool of ink on your craft sheet and so not to waste a thing, I mop it up with crinkle ribbon so that I can either use it on a future project or in this case, use it for this one.

Once dry, I added a light misting of Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray over the top to create a shimmer, heat dried them again before assembling each flower.

A selection of foliage is die cut using the Garden Greens Thinlits die and the Funky Florals 2 die and coloured in exactly the same way as before.

Once I had my foliage, I just placed it over the top of the broomstick which was adhered to the left hand side of the tag and entwined the greenery and the flowers around it.
I then added a Halloween Vignette Accent to the top right hand corner of the photo which I coloured with a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint, allowing the paint to sink into the recesses of the metal and then buffed away the excess. I then added a small amount of Gilding Wax over the top before attaching it with Matte Collage medium.
I also added a Halloween Story Stick, 'the end' placing it amongst the floral arrangement and placed an Index Clip onto the photo.
I placed a spider onto the broomstick, complete with a painted red body, Candied Apple Distress Paint created this effect and again attached him with some Collage Medium.
To complete the story, I placed a quote chip, The Undertaker underneath the photo and added some Hex Fasteners to either side...
...and finished with a Clippings Sticker, XIII at the top.
As my finishing touch, I attached the previously dyed Crinkle Ribbon through the hole at the top....
...which completes this week's project, a tag that I hope you've loved reading about, just as much as I loved creating it.
 Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Love Emma xxx

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