Saturday, 24 June 2017

Happiness Is Handmade...

Hi everyone...

Hope you've all had a great week and if you've been in the UK, I hope you've survived the extreme temperatures we had at the beginning of the week. I must admit...I melted and was ready to book a holiday in Antartica, I don't think I was built for such heat and such humidity ~ I'm more of an autumn/winter girl!

So, back to my blog post and I'm just popping by today to share a piece of jewellery that I made last night using Tim Holtz's Assemblage range (I can't begin to tell you how much I love this Assemblage range) and this piece was inspired by my love of Art Deco and the stylised elegance of the era. I've really enjoyed making all the pieces I've created but I think this piece, has to be my favourite as I'm a sucker for long necklaces and love the combination of silver and turquoise together ~ for me, it's a match made in heaven and I hope you love it too!
The silver textured loop chain that I used for this necklace is just beautiful and is a really good weight and the perfect link for the added charms and tassel.
Also, in the photo below, you can see that I've added an extender chain at the back which I finished with a small pearl from the Diamonds and Pearls charm pack.
I also made a pair of matching earrings using earring findings that I already had, a section from the Pink Rosary Chain and then used the tassels from two packs of the Bauble Mix Charms.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Tim, and also to Mario for giving me the opportunity to play and have fun with all these beautiful pieces, it's been an absolute pleasure and you guys are the best!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again very, very soon!
Love Emma xx

Recipe List:
Earring findings from my own stash

Monday, 19 June 2017

Lost In Paradise...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our thoughts are turning to summer and our theme is called Let's Take A Vacation ~ as always, we would love you to join in and play along and we can't wait to see how you will interpret the challenge!

For my project, I thought of many different ways that I could interpret this challenge, there were planes, trains and automobiles or maybe a scrapbook layout of a previous holiday but the one thing that was really calling me and as a stationery lover and someone who can never have too many notebooks ~ I decided to create a travel journal, ready to fill with stories of adventures and wonderful memories. I loved the idea of old maps and wanted to incorporate these into my cover, so used one of the papers from the Memoranda Paper Stash to create rolls of maps that I layered underneath my 3D flowers and just loved how they look and the depth they created!


To begin with I primed the cover of my notebook with a coat of gesso and allowed the cover to dry thoroughly. Once dry, I started to layer my paints, starting with a blend of Antique Linen and Old Paper. I then dried the surface before adding the next layer of Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone, again blending the paints together using a semi dry baby wipe. I heat dried the surface before adding some depth to the paint using the same colours of Distress Crayons.

Once I was happy with the colour, I added some torn Tissue Tape to the central area of my book and then applied a small amount of gesso which I just scraped over the top of the paints and tape. I outlined the edges of the tape using the Black Soot Distress Crayon, blended it out with my finger to soften the harshness and then applied some Grit Paste through a combination of the Industrial, Speckles and Screwed Layering Stencil. 
Once the paste was dry, I dry brushed over the top with some Tumbled Glass Paint, allowed it to dry before using the Pumice Stone Crayon to lightly kissing the top of the paste, blending it out with my finger. To complete the background, I added some Black Soot Paint Splatters and used the Calligraphy stamp from the Etcetera set to randomly stamp onto areas of the background.

Finally I added some Black Soot Crayon around the outside edges and some Gold Rush paint scratches.

I can now set the book aside and move onto the map rolls and the flowers ~ for the paper rolls, I chose the 'map' paper from the Memoranda paper stash and cut 6 panels to measure approx 5 x 16cm.  I then misted the paper with water to break down the fibres before curling it around a pencil, securing the ends with a line of glue to hold it into place. Cut one of the rolls in half to create 7 rolls in total and then I actually wanted all different sizes, so I cut the rolls to give me the various heights. Tear both ends of each map roll to create a more vintage effect and then to complete the rolls I added a touch of Rich Copper Alchemy Wax around the edges.

I attached my rolls to the the cover of my book using Collage Medium to hold them in place and added a few Travel themed Snippet Ephemera pieces around them, again securing the ephemera with Collage Medium.
For the flowers, I wanted three flowers, with a double layer of the larger petals and three palm fronds and cut enough pieces from card to make these up. Taking the petals, I painted each petal with Wild Fuchsia Acrylic Paint from Prima. The reason I wanted to paint them was because I wanted them to be quite robust and the layer of paint will create this for me. Whilst the pink paint is slightly tacky to touch, I then added a small amount of Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint over the top, just to take some of the pink away and create a real slice of paradise! I allowed them to dry and then dry brushed the ends of the petals with Gold Rush Alchemy Paint. 
Layer the flowers to create dimensional blooms and then colouring the stamen with Black Soot Distress Paint, attach to the centre by adding a small, domed amount of Glossy Accents. Then sprinkle black micro beads over the top and allow to dry. Once each flower is dry, you can tap away the excess beads.
Colour the fronds with Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Paints and then ink the edges with a little Potting Soil Archival Ink. I used a hot glue gun to attach the flowers and fronds over the top of some cut cheesecloth which I stained with Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stains.
For all the metal pieces that I used to embellish my project, I coloured them with a combination of Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Paints, to create a lovely rusty finish. I added a hitch fastener and hung the Plane Souvenir Adornment from it...
...and then clipped a hinge clip to the side of the book.
I then stuck all my Stars Adornments around the central section, adding some paint around them to create the appearance they have gone rusty on the paper.
Finally, I added a metallic word sticker, "Travel" and attached the Typography Findings and a singular star to spell out the word "Jour*al" using Collage Medium. 
I painted each of the letters in a combination of Light Patina and Blue Gold Paint and then added the 'rusty' elements over the top with the Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Paints.
I really hope you love the finished book cover and that you've been inspired by some of the ideas the I've used! Of course, all these ideas can be used individually on any given project, the flowers would look wonderful on a card and the maps would look great on a scrapbook layout...

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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 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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die: Tropical
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Etcetera
Heat Gun
Notebook and cheesecloth from my own stash

Monday, 12 June 2017

Reach For The Stars...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called, TOUCHY FEELY and we hope you will join us for this fun challenge and show us how you interpret the theme!

For my project, I created a panel which will be perfect for Father's Day and included so many elements of 'touchy feely', that I just wish you could all just reach into the screen and touch! As many of my friends will know, I do love creating my own backgrounds and textures but this week, I wanted to use and show different ways to create the texture and dimension without getting painty or inky and as the main "touchy feely" part of this project, I've included a metallic panel which is actually created using kitchen aluminium foil and then embossed. It really does give such a wonderful effect and makes a fabulous background for my panel. So, it's time for a new challenge and hope you enjoy the project I've created....

To begin with, we'll start with the metallic panel and for this, as I've already mentioned, I used aluminium foil. I cut a piece of regular card, 6" x 4" and then cut a piece of foil, slightly larger than the card and attached my foil to the card panel using collage medium. Ensure that the foil has no bubbles by rolling a brayer over the top. Allow the foil to dry completely, maybe batch make and allow to dry overnight and then, once it is dry, you can emboss it. I chose the Tiny Stars Texture Fade and embossed it though my Big Shot. For the gorgeous rusty colour, I then applied some Black Soot Distress Paint, allowed the paint to go slightly tacky and then wiped away the excess with a dry cloth.  Give it a blast of gentle heat (don't heat it too much as the foil will lift) to ensure the paint is dry and then add some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top, again allowing it to almost dry before wiping away some of the wet paint. When the panel is thoroughly dry, sand over the top of the painted surface to reveal some of the silver underneath and then I used Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and just ran them over the surface before blending the colour out with my fingers. The crayon just gave that extra layer of rust and depth and accentuated the stars beautifully!
Matt the embossed panel onto a layer of paper from the Dapper Paper Stash, followed by a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack.
Now to create the larger background panel and for this, I cut a piece of the plaid background paper from the Dapper paper stash, 18 x 16 cm and machine stitched around the outside before scratching the surface very lightly to create a more worn, distressed feel to the paper. I then matted the paper panel onto a piece of thick chipboard for stability before cutting a further patterned paper from the stash, the stripes, again machine stitching the edges and mounting onto corrugated card which I attached across the centre of the background.

I took one of the Collector's Layers ephemera pieces and some snippets, attached them with collage medium to my embossed background and then, added a Paper Doll.

I have always loved this image of the dapper gentleman and gave him a light wash of colour using Distress Marker pens but there was one thing missing ~ no distinguished gentleman would have gone anywhere without his walking stick and for this, I used a BBQ skewer. I cut the skewer down to size and then coloured it with Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint before attaching reuniting my gentleman with his walking stick.
I added a metal gadget gears coloured with Rust and Gold Mixative alcohol inks behind him and also added a snippet piece, crinkled for an aged look.
I distressed the "Original" quote chip using Vintage Collage Medium and then applied inked the edges before attaching it to the side of my panel....
...then added some finishing pieces of a broken ruler, a star adornment coloured with Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy paints and a mechanical knob.
As the finishing touch, I added a monocle, coloured with Prima Alchemy waxes and attached to a swivel clasp. I also added some Mushroom alcohol ink to the glass to give an antiqued feel.
I attached the swivel clasp to a hinge clip and clipped it to the side of my panel to hang freely.
Finally, I added some corners to the panel which I had in my stash.
I really hope you love this project and it's inspired you with some last minute Father's Day makes and you've enjoyed the techniques I've used and how I've created dimensions and texture using various papers and card, stitching, fabric and embellishments.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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 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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Distressing Tool
BBQ Skewer and metal corners from my own stash

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Every Piece Tells A Story...

Hello friends...

Thank you all so much for all the lovely comments you left me about my first Assemblage piece that I created using Tim Holtz's new jewellery line! Whether you left them here on my blog, or over on Facebook and Instagram...I read through them all and can't thank you enough!

So, in my last post I did tell you I was now addicted to making jewellery and I thought I'd drop by today and share another couple of pieces that I made using Tim's gorgeous new range. This first piece was just so simple to create and anyone who knows me, will know this is very much my style of jewellery and something I would totally wear.
I attached the stunning cameo which is one of my favourite pieces from the range to a carrier loop charm which I had in my stash and then used some black suede cord, which when worn, wraps around my neck a couple of times and then ties in a bow. 
To complete the necklace, I added some diamond charms to the ends of the cord.
Recipe for necklace:
Silver carrier loop and suede cord are my own

For my second piece ~ my charm bracelet, I used the bead chain and just added some of the Lucky charms, some of the Diamonds and Pearl charms and finished it with the beautiful Ornate Heart which hangs perfectly down the centre of my hand when I wear it!

Recipe for bracelet:

I hope you love these pieces and as always, thank you so much for stopping by and hope you all have a great weekend!
Stay safe my friends... xx

Thursday, 8 June 2017

All That Sparkles...

Hi everyone...

This week seems to be flying once again and I can't quite believe it's Thursday already but I hope you're all having a good week so far!

I was so very excited when Tim Holtz launched his brand new Assemblage range of jewellery back in April but nothing could prepare me for when these gorgeous sparkles finally arrived because I was blown away with the quality and the beauty of them all ~ they really are out of this world and I've been having so much fun playing and fact, I think I've found a new hobby!

So today I'm sharing my first piece, a very glamorous Y-shaped necklace which I created using a mix of the products and I really hope you like it...

I added an extender chain at the back with a sparkling rondell to complete it.
I also made a pair of matching earrings using some earring findings from my own stash, one small rosary bead on each and a sparkling rondell on each.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again very Emma x

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