Saturday, 29 August 2015

In An English Country Garden...

Hi everyone...

It's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards Blog today and this month, I'm sharing some of the samples that I created for the recent 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft earlier this week! It features the wonderful Potting Shed II collection and if you head on over there, you can see this card below and many more of my makes...
Thanks for stopping by today and see you on Monday with my next Simon Says Stamp project!
Have a great weekend and happy Emma xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ticket To The World ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week we want you to show us your "TICKETS PLEASE"!!

Design Team member Sandra challenges us to show our tickets. From trains to concerts to planes, stamps to paper ~ we can't wait to see what you make!

For my project I was inspired by a vintage image of a sailor and created a canvas telling a story of his ticket to the world. As always I hope you love what I've created and that you'll enjoy my creative process...
To begin with I took an 8" square canvas and then used the Block Talk die to die cut some letters from chipboard to spell out the words "world ticket". I added the letters to my canvas and then covered the entire surface, including the lettering in PaperArtsy Chalk Paint. I then added a dry wash of Pumice Stone Distress Paint over the to create a worn look to the canvas. I outlined each of the letters using Hickory Smoke Distress Marker Pen, slightly smudging the ink with my finger.

When the surface was thoroughly dry I used a paint brush to flick small amounts of Broken China and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and again dried the paint thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.

To complete the canvas, I added some Texture Paste through the Chevron stencil and stamped directly onto the background with the Type stamp and then added some Correspondence Tissue Tape around each of the four edges.

Now comes the fun part of building up the canvas and this is all about layers...I love layering elements to create dimension and to create texture and this piece features layer upon layer upon layer!
To begin with I used the Ticket Die to die cut a piece of Manila card and inked the surface of the card with Vintage Photo and Old Paper Distress Ink. I added some Remnant Rubs down the side of the ticket and distressed the edges before attaching it to my canvas.
I then added the die cut globe to my canvas which was die cut from white card and coloured with Fossilised Amber and Broken China Distress Spray Stain. All the layers are built up with foam pads, to give added height and definition. 

I layered some die cut clouds cut from Deco Sheets and also added a die cut Gadget Gear, cut from card covered with metal foil tape and given the vintage feel with some alcohol ink.
The next part was to add some wording and to create the story of this sailor and to begin with I placed a Big Chat sticker inside a corked vial which was coloured with alcohol ink to give a more aged look. I tied some twine to the bottle neck before attaching it to my canvas using Glossy Accents.
I also used a flash card and added a small talk chit chat sticker, which I mounted onto a alpha part arrow, coloured with Fossilised Amber, Broken China and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints.
Finally I needed to add the storyteller and his photo, which came from the Vintage Photo Booth set. I distressed the edges of the image and then framed it with some wire thread that I coiled around a bottle to create a circular shape before buckling it slightly to make it less uniform in it's shape.
As a finishing touch I added some Sprocket Gears that I altered with the same colours of Distress Paint that was used on the arrow and popped a mirrored star onto the ticket.
...and that completes my canvas and this week's project, which I hope you enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making it!
 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 Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Type
Distress Spray Stain: Fossilised Amber, Broken China
Distress Ink: Hickory Smoke
Alcohol Ink: Pitch Black, Mushroom
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Chevron
Embellishments: Prima Black Wire Thread, Twine

Friday, 21 August 2015

Lazy Days of Summer...

Hi everyone!

Just a quick visit from me today to say hello, wish you all a very happy weekend and to share a card that I made for the August issue of Making Cards Magazine!

This card was all about summer and even though we haven't had the greatest of summers here in the UK, I can still remember my childhood when I broke up from school and we headed to the beach and for me, this card epitomises those days and good times...

As always, you can read all about how I made this shaker card in the magazine and back issues are available HERE but here on my blog, you can see all the details that are packed into this design with a difference...
The fun thing about this card is that all the backgrounds, the embossed frame, the seahorse and the starfish, all started life as white card. All that I added was some backing card, the moss, buttons, cheesecloth, shells and twine. I even created the striped background by masking the paper and using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint to form the stripes.
Hope you love looking at all the details of this card and enjoy your moment in the summer sun!
I added crystal dewdrops and sequins to form the shaker section of the card which is created using one of the folders from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Waves and Bubbles Texture Fade set.
All dies, embossing folders, Distress Paints, Stains and Inks ~ Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink and of course you can buy all the products I use from Simon Says Stamp!
I used Rock Candy Crackle Paint on the seahorse to create more texture and painted him (or her) with Distress Paint.
As you can see there is plenty of dimension to this card.
Don't forget that the new September issue of Making Cards is available now Making Cards complete with 16 free craft papers! 
Visit or call 01778 395171 to order and below is a sneaky peek of my project and some of the fabulous free papers. It's not to be missed...

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
See you Emma x

Monday, 17 August 2015

Citrus With A Twist ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone!

It's time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week we challenge you to use ~ Citrus With A Twist!

We are thinking all things citrus, neon and fresh. From orange to bright fresh colours, we want to see how you'll use citron...with your own twist!

For my project, I chose to make a card packed full of technique and dimension and focused on Tim Holtz's Twisted Citron colour, combining it with grey and black ~ I love this combination and LOVE how the beautiful lime green colour pops against the background! This card wasn't the easiest of tasks as I've been working with stitches in the palm of my hand for the last three challenges and doing the majority of things single handed but I was pretty amazed with what I achieved but so happy that they are now out and I'm back to full working order and two handed crafting!!

To begin with I cut a piece of watercolour card and spritzed the card with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, moving the paper around to let the ink run and leave these wonderful drips.

I heat dried the card with a heat tool and then lightly flicked some Twisted Citron across the card. Once I was happy and everything was thoroughly dry, I added some Texture Paste through the Dot Fade stencil before machine stitching around the edge of the card, leaving some of the thread loose, which I loved! I then inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and added some stamped layers using stamps from the Correspondence stamp set. Finally, I matted the card onto some Black Soot Core'Dinations card and mounted the layers onto a black card blank.
For the embellishments, I made some paper blooms. For this I used the Tattered Florals die and die cut some paper. This is a great technique for using up that old designer paper that you bought but won't use ever again and you don't see any of that paper on the finished flower.

For each bloom, you need six layers of paper. Layer up the die cuts, slightly offsetting the petals each time you add the next piece and add a brad through the centre. Spritz the flower lightly with water to soften the fibres of the paper and then tightly scrunch each layer up, one at a time. Open out the flower and shape the petals before heat drying.
Once the flower is completely dry, add a layer of Gesso over the entire bloom and dry thoroughly. The gesso will make the flower quite firm and robust. Spritz the flower with Twisted Citron Distress Stain Spray and dry. If you need more colour, just keep on spritzing. Once happy, ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
I added my flowers to the front of my card, together with a die cut Frameworks piece, again coloured with Twisted Citron, torn tissue tape and a coiled circle of wire thread. I used black wire thread but at the moment, there is only white available but this is easily remedied as all you have to do is use a black permanent marker pen and change the colour.
I added some torn cheesecloth and altered sprocket gears and finished with a small talk sticker and a scattering of sequins.
I hope you love this card and the technique that I used to create the flowers. It really makes fabulous blooms and I adore the dimension that they give.
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 Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence
Distress Spray Stain: Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade
Surfaces: WaterColour Card

Friday, 14 August 2015

Forever Love...

Hi everyone!

Thank you for all the lovely comments you've been leaving me on my recent posts, I do enjoy reading them all and appreciate all the kind words. I also wanted to say a big hello to all my new followers ~ welcome aboard and hope you enjoy the journey!! 

Today, I'm just popping by with a card that I was commissioned to create for the Designs With A Difference feature in the July issue of Making Cards Magazine. This style can be used for any occasion but I wanted to create something very pretty and elegant for a wedding. You can read all about how I made this card with an element of surprise in the magazine, together with a template for the box. Back copies are available HERE but I thought it would be nice to share the card with you, here on my blog!

So, I hope you'll enjoy looking at all the details of this project and if you scroll down, there is a little surprise when you open up the box...

When you pull back the inside box from the slipcase, you can now see the element of surprise...
...pop up hearts!

Below is more detail of the inside...
...and the rows of hearts!
...and what's so cool about this project, when you close the box, it's completely freestanding!!
The papers I used, which are perfect for a wedding theme are from the gorgeous Fancy That collection from My Mind's Eye and I used these in conjunction with Tim Holtz dies ~ Heartfelt and Handwritten.

I really hope you've enjoyed today's post and I'll see you again very soon!
Emma x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Homegrown Summer ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Welcome to another week and another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our extremely talented DT member, Michelle has suggested a summer challenge for us and it's called ~ Homegrown Summer! Inspiration can be found everywhere ~ in our gardens, maybe even children who have grown like weeds, or even an idea that's just taken root! There's a lot of room for growth and we can't wait to see how a homegrown summer is inspiring you!

For my project I thought about how much I loved my garden and how beautiful it looked when it sprung into life this summer. I'd taken a lot of photos and thought it would be lovely to display the photos and bring a small piece of my garden inside so, with this in mind, I created a photo display stand where I could change the images dependent on my mood and dependent on the next great photo opportunity that I'd take advantage of!
To begin with I printed a photo from my computer. I cut the image down to create the style of a polaroid photo, matted it onto black card and added a Remnant Rub.

For the next stage I needed something that would hold my photo in place and for this I used a Trophy Cup which was absolutely perfect.
I altered the cup with alcohol ink, added a small piece of foam inside the cup and then attached dried moss spilling out of the top. To complete the cup, I attached a mirrored star to the front.
I attached my photo to a memo pin and tied a some linen ribbon into a bow, before sticking the pin into the foam that I had placed inside the cup ~ the foam holds the photo securely in place.

Next, I made a base for my display holder and for this I used kraft card and created a small box, approximately the size of a 'large-ish' matchbox! I painted the box with Weathered Wood and Picket Fence Distress Paint to give the appearance of 'weathered wood' and once the paint was dry, I scratched away at the surface to reveal some of the kraft card underneath to give a vintage feel.
To create the lines on the box and the look of wood, I dipped the edge of a ruler into the Watering Can Archival Ink pad and then stamped with the ruler onto the box. To complete my crate, I added border stickers around the bottom and a Big Chat sticker to the front.

For the final embellishments, I used the Butterfly Duo die to die cut and emboss two layers of the butterfly image.
I inked the die cut with Gathered Twigs, Fossilised Amber and Mustard Seed Distress Ink and then spritzed the die cut with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, which also helps to set the ink.

Once the die cuts were dry, I added them to a piece of coiled wire and attached these to my 'crate base'!
To complete the project, I layered some of the Prima Flowers together to make layered paper blooms, adding a small centre stamen to each flower and then spritzed them with some more of the Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist Spray. I attached the flowers to the base with some torn cheesecloth, natural fibres, twine and a piece of hand dyed crinkle ribbon, dyed with Shabby Shutters Distress Stain to create a soft pastel colour. As the final finishing touch, I added a small dot of Pewter Liquid Pearls to each corner of the box to give the look of rivets.

I really hope you've enjoyed this week's project and these little display holders are so much fun to make and can be used for all sorts of occasions ~ Christmas, Halloween or just with a special photo of a loved one, they are so versatile!

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 Emma xx

Products used:

Sizzix/Tim Holtz Dies: Butterfly Duo
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Weathered Wood
Distress Stain: Shabby Shutters
Alcohol Ink: Rust, Pitch Black
Embellishments: Prima Flowers Otis Coy, Twine
Surfaces: Kraft Card
Moss, cheesecloth and fibres from my own stash

Monday, 3 August 2015

The Laboratory

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my second post of the day, which I'm so excited to be sharing!

Last month, I was honoured to be asked to work on some of Tim Holtz's brand new seasonal products and create a few projects using them. When my box of goodies arrived, it felt like Christmas had come early and I actually squealed with delight as I looked inside to see all the wonderful new dies and embossing folders from Sizzix and all the fabulous idea-ology products ~ believe me, you are going to need them ALL, they are that good!!

So, welcome to the first of my projects, a configuration book focusing on Halloween and the fabulous Monster die from Sizzix (you can see the whole Sizzix release HERE on Tim's blog)...

Step inside and visit my Monstrous Laboratory....
There is so much packed into this project and I've taken lots of photos of all the, here we go and I hope you enjoy this post!
To begin with I painted the inside and outside of the Configurations Book with Black Soot Distress Paint, adding a couple of coats to give a really nice finish. Once the paint was dry, I then started to create a vintage, worn feel to the edges and applied Picket Fence and Hickory Smoke Distress Paint using my fingertip. Once I was happy and that had dried thoroughly, I dabbed the edges of the book, again inside and out, with clear embossing powder before applying Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder over the top, heating the powder until it becomes tacky and then applying Ranger Vintage Transfer Foil Sheets to the sticky areas to add gold around the edges. I now had my basic book cover, ready to decorate...

Firstly, I cut a piece of paper from the brand new Regions Beyond paper stash, distressed and inked the edges and then machine stitched around the edge before matting it onto old gold coloured card and mounting it to the front of my book.

I used the Ornate Frame to die cut a piece of chipboard and painted this black before dry brushing a small amount of Brushed Pewter over the top. Once that was dry, I dabbed the surface with clear embossing powder and heat embossed the entire frame using clear embossing powder. I then added a small amount of gold foil to the frame.

For the mirror, I cut an oval from the mirrored sheets and I wanted to create an image in the mirror, so added a small amount of Glue N' Seal over the top of the mirror and applied this in the shape of a crescent moon with a face.
When the Glue N' Seal is dry, I added a coat of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top and watched those crackles appear! To add even more authenticity to my antique mirror, I used alcohol ink around the edges and then mounted the frame over the top and attached it to the front of my book.
As a finishing touch I added the word Frightful from the new Wicked Alpha Parts and coloured this with Distress Paints. I also used one of the spiders from the pack and glittered it with Distress Glitter before popping him onto the front....
Now for the fun part of decorating the inside and I'll let you take a look around as it's packed full of Tim's goodies including a lot of new products from the idea-ology range...

But first meet the Monster...
These dies are amazing and create dimensional masks for any of your Halloween projects. Look how awesome he looks mounted on some of the Regions Beyond paper on the inside of my cover!! I just love it and I couldn't resist giving him some bolts through his neck using Hitch Fasteners! I also added a Word Band which had alcohol ink applied over the surface for a rusty appearance!
I crackled some of the new Apothecary vials using Rock Candy Crackle Paint and added the vintage themed labels to each bottle.
You can also see some of the new Ephemera pieces from the Frightful pack.
I also used some of the tiny vials in this project, all crackled and coloured with alcohol ink.
Below you can see the new resin skulls ~ I LOVE these, they're just so much fun and the spiders that you can see, those come from the Gothic Industrious Sticker pack!
I also added one of the new Remnant Rubs to a Label Clip and attached it to the shelf with some metal chains.
On this box I used a Foundry Frame to frame the image which is taken from the paper stash and you can also see die cut cobwebs and some more of those creepy spiders...
...and look at that cool spider charm hanging down on his web!!
Some tiny Tattered Florals and more of the tiny vials, crackled and coloured complete the last of the boxes!
As a finishing touch to my box, I added a hinge clip to hold a set of keys and one of the Crypt Cameos securely in place!

I really hope you've enjoyed this project because I had so much fun creating it!

Thank you so much to Tim, Paula and Mario for asking me along on this creative journey and I am truly honoured and thrilled to be working alongside you all and so many other talented designers!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you soon!
Emma x


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