Monday, 14 January 2019

Spread Your Wings and Fly...

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and you're now ready for a brand new week ahead and the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is called ~ RECYCLE SOMETHING! Maybe you would like to use some ribbon or twine from a gift you received or there might have some jars or boxes that are just waiting to be upcycled ~ whatever you choose, the DT can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!

After all the Christmas deliveries, I had a plethora of cardboard boxes and decided that I would put some of these boxes to good use and cut a panel of the corrugated card that I thought would be perfect as a background for this week's project and hope you enjoy the transformation of how I turned the boring old cardboard into something slightly more attractive!
So, let's begin and here's how I created this project...
 

After cutting a panel of the corrugated card from the box, I then went about making a few tears and rips in it ~ peeling away the top surface to reveal the corrugation underneath.
Once I was happy, I then added a coat of gesso over the top to prime the surface and heat dried the medium. When working with the card, be careful not to saturate the surface too much as it will buckle ~ I find it's best to heat dry the card between paint layers.

When the gesso was dry, I then added a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the top, dried the surface before using a dry brush to apply a layer of Bundled Sage over the top. Again, dry the surface before the next layer and taking another brush, I dry brushed the painted surface with a layer of Pumice Stone Distress Paint. I now have the colour I wanted so it's time to start applying the Floral Collage Paper.
Using a water brush, I run the wet brush around the outline of the piece of collage paper that I want to use ~ this allows me to have a flawless join when I apply the paper to the background.

After selecting the pieces I wanted to use, I attached each of them using Matte Collage Medium. When the medium has dried, I then used a palette knife to apply Crackle Texture Paste to random areas of the cardboard. Allow the paste to dry and the crackles to appear.
To complete the background and add just a little more interest to it, I then took the script stamp from the Entomology stamp set and stamped directly onto the painted background, applying the script to random areas.

Moving onto the frame and applied a coat of gesso to the smallest sized vignette frame. I then used Weathered Wood Distress Paint to add a hint of colour.

You'll also notice from the photo below that I smeared some of the Crackle Paste over the frame ~ not a lot, just a hint to create some more texture. To complete the frame, I used the Pumice Stone Distress crayon, running it over the top of the beading and then wiping away the excess with a semi dry baby wipe.
I cut a piece of paper to add a backing to the frame, before attaching it with foam pads to my corrugated background, surrounding it with a few Snippets Ephemera pieces on the left hand side.

Now for the moth/butterfly and for this I stamped one of the Entomology bugs onto watercolour card and coloured the image with Distress Marker Pens. I then used the co-ordinating Entomology dies from Sizzix to die cut the perfect little flutterby.
I placed the die cut image onto a bed of recycled twigs from my garden and some sisal fibres, attaching these in the centre of the vignette frame. The twigs and fibres also create height and texture  to the focal point, which I loved.
I then added the quote chip, "Find Joy In the Ordinary" directly below the frame.

All that's left for me to do, is mount the panel and for this, I used a canvas panel which I painted with Weathered Wood Distress Paint before dry brushing a layer of Pumice Stone Paint over the top.

To frame the corrugated panel, I applied some torn strips of Butterfly design tape to the Media board cut down to measure 18 x 24cm and used the tape to create a border which will eventually sit around the edge.
I mounted the corrugated panel onto the centre of the canvas using foam pads....
...and finished the completed panel with four Hex Fasteners in each corner that I rusted up a little with some a combination of Vintage Photo, Antiqued Bronze, Rusty Hinge and Black Soot Distress Paint and a couple of Special Delivery Remnant Rubs that I applied to the background.

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 taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Entomology
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Entomology

Monday, 7 January 2019

Smile...

Hi everyone...

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy start to the new year! I can't quite believe that it's already two weeks since we were celebrating the big day, it's gone so fast and how are we already in the second week of January?!?! But the 1st Monday of a new month and a new year is finally here  and that means there is a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge starting today and this week our theme is called USE SOMETHING NEW!

We want you to use something that is brand new, or something that is new to you ~ maybe a new technique or a new product you've never tried before and whatever you choose to create, we can't wait to see it and hope you'll join us! The DT are also showcasing SSS products within their projects, which is something you can do if you choose but it's not necessary to do if you want to play along....

For my project, I created a tag using a couple of new products from the You Are Loved release by Simon Says Stamp and hope you love this vintage style, layered project that is all about the love of a beautiful child!

So, let's begin the brand new challenge and here's how I created this project...
 

To begin with I prepped my tag my applying a layer of gesso over the surface and then drying it. I then started to add my paint layers, starting with Antique Linen which I dried using a heat tool, followed by Pumice Stone which I dry brushed over the first paint layer. This technique will only give a hint of colour, not change the colour but it does add some more interest and depth.

I then added some torn pieces of tissue tape to the central area of the tag before taking the first of my 'new' products the SSS All My Heart Stencil and applying Grit Paste, mixed with a little Antique Linen Distress Ink, through the stencil directly onto the background. 
I added a layer of Matte Collage Medium to the surface, dried it thoroughly with a heat tool and then applied Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons over the top of the tape and paste. Once I was happy, I stamped some script (I used my well loved script stamp from the Entomology stamp set) in Jet Black Archival Ink over random areas of the tag and then using an old credit card, scraped some gesso over the top.

As a final layer of texture on the tag, I used some Crackle Paste which I applied with a palette knife ~ just scraping the paste onto random areas of the background and allowing it to dry and work it's magic. I love the finished result once all the crackling has appeared and it really does give it the perfect finishing touch.
To complete the tag, I splattered some black paint over the top and added the hole reinforcer piece to the top, which I had painted with Ground Espresso Distress Paint.

Now for the layers, and I started with some of the smaller Snippets Ephemera pieces, then layered some Collector Ephemera pieces over the top, mounting one of the pieces onto a piece of burlap to give some more texture and each time I added a new layer, I used foam pads. Each of the ephemera pieces are aged with inks and crayons to give a vintage look to the project and I also added small tears into the edges.

For the next layers, I used the Botanical Layer pieces and attached one of larger pieces to sit underneath a baseboard frame which I adhered with foam pads over the top.
I finally added the Photo Booth image which I mounted onto a piece of linen and placed this in the centre of the frame, surrounding it with more Botanical Layers. You can see how much dimension is in this piece in the photo below and that is all built up with the foam pads that I added between each layer.
To complete this layered section of the tag, I added a Word Key with a knot of ribbon attached to it. To accentuate the wording on the key, I applied some Picket Fence Distress crayon over the top and then wiped away the excess. 
I also placed a button and index clip to the cluster arrangement.

To complete the tag, I wrapped some twine around the bottom section of my tag and then I used the second of my new products and stamped the message in Jet Black Archival Ink from the Love Messages stamp set straight onto a piece of vellum that I then adhered to a small piece of scrap paper using Matte Collage Medium. I love how you can see a muted pattern from the paper showing through the vellum quote. After mounting it onto gold metallic kraft card, I attached it to my tag, placing it directly below the arrangement.
As the finishing touch, I placed some hand dyed ribbon through the hole at the top and three little Melange Diamond Pebbles that I painted with a touch of blue, gold metallic paint and popped these into the top right hand corner....
...and that completes this week's project, which I hope you love and also enjoyed all the techniques of how I build up the layers and texture that bring the piece to life.
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 taking the time to stop by today ~ love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Simon Says Stamp products: Love Messages, All My Heart
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Entomology

Monday, 24 December 2018

Let's Celebrate...

Merry Christmas everyone and welcome to the last Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of 2018! This week our theme is called Party Time and for my project, I created a vintage style piece that is full of sparkle and using one of my favourite Paper Doll images ~ two beautiful ladies who are ready to party around the world.

This challenge will run for 2 whole weeks so you have until 8am on January 7th to join in!
So, let's begin the brand new challenge and here's how I created my 'Let's Celebrate' project...
 

To begin with I started with the background and for this, I cut a circle of canvas card to measure 17cm in diameter. For this project, I wanted to keep the background fairly neutral in colour with a hint of metallic and a just a pop of colour on the globe and started by adding the layers using some Symphony Tissue Tape that I have in my stash. You can use any of Tim's Design Tapes for these layers.

Tear off random pieces and attach them to the background, some vertically, some horizontally but focusing on the central section of the card. Once in place, I added some Collage Medium over the top before taking the Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and just adding touches of colour over the top of the tape. I then applied some gesso, which I just scraped over the card and applied Grit Paste through the Stars Layering Stencil.
Once the paste is dry, I just add some more interest by splattering gold ink over the entire background and added some scribbles around the edges, using a black Pitt Artist Pen.

To create a frame around the background panel, I matted and layered onto a layer of Rose Gold Metallic Kraft Stash, followed kraft card, grey card and a final layer of gold metallic kraft stash.
I'm now going to move onto building up the layers and the focal point of this project and placed some ephemera pieces from the Collector Layers set and the Bingo piece from the Snippets Ephemera over the top of the ripped tape section, adhering them with foam to add some height.
Moving onto the globe, I used the Mini Globe to die cut silver metallic card. I then applied Mushroom and Gunmetal Alcohol Ink over the surface of the die cut to age it and create a more antique finish.

I layered the metal globe over the top of some card cut into a circle and inked with Mermaid Lagoon, Frayed Burlap and Salty Ocean Oxide Ink, shaping the globe to create a natural curve to the world. I attached the globe to the left hand side of the ephemera piece, slightly overlapping the edge on the left of the layer.
Finally, I added my 'girls' to the right of the globe and these lovely ladies were lightly colour tinted with the Spun Sugar Distress Marker Pen.
To finish this piece, I wanted to add the sparkle and for this I used the Sizzix Dimensional Stars Die set by Tim Holtz and cut the stars from Mixed Media Heavyweight card. Assemble the stars as per instructions and then I applied a coat of gesso over the top each of the stars.
Once the gesso is dry, I added some of Finnabair's Art Basics 3D Matte Gel over the entire surface and whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled over some Gold Rush Glass Glitter, followed by a layer of Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust, which just sits in the crevices that the glass glitter doesn't reach.

I allowed the stars to dry, (preferably you will need to do this overnight) before attaching them to my project. I also glittered a Star Adornment with some of the Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust and placed this onto the background.
Finally, I finished the piece with a Metallic Quote Sticker which was the perfect finishing touch for this party piece ~ 'Let's Celebrate'!

So, that completes my final project of the year and I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind it and all the techniques I've used!
Before I go to enjoy my Christmas break, I'd just like to say a massive THANK YOU for all your love and support throughout 2018. I always appreciate every single comment and it has meant the world to know that you love what I do and have enjoyed all the projects I've shared!

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 taking the time to stop by today and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge DT will see you again in 2019!!!
See you very soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Dimensional Stars, Mini Globe
Distress Paint: Picket FenceFestive Berries

Monday, 17 December 2018

He's Making A List and Checking It Twice...

Hello friends!

Hope all your Christmas preparations are going well and you're nearly ready for the big day and if you have some free time to spare, then why not join us for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is called ~ STITCH IT UP!

With just a few more days to go, I thought I would share the special Christmas card that I've created for my parents. I always love creating Christmas cards that sometimes aren't the traditional colours that you associate with Christmas and I must admit I do love the whole black and white theme at Christmas, the look of chalkboard with just a hint of metallic and shimmer popping through. I'm sure if you scroll back in time on this blog, you might be able to find the other's that I've made in the past and hope that they will all inspire you with some last minute card ideas!

So, let's begin the brand new challenge and here's how I created my project...
 

I started this card by creating my outer background layer, as you can see it's got quite a few matts but I love how these frame the central panel. I cut a piece of black card, 18 x 17cm and inked up the Sparkles stamp from the with white ink and stamped a border around the outside edge of the card panel. To set the ink, I gave it a blast of a heat gun and then matted the stamped panel onto a piece of silver metallic kraft card, before mounting it onto a black card blank.

Now to create that central panel and I started with a second piece of black card, 13 x 14cm. I then took the "Greetings" stamp from the stamp set (I am a font junkie, so this stamp set is definitely one of my favourites of this year) and inked up the message with a clear Versamark Ink Pad, stamping it directly onto the card, placing it on the left hand side. I then took the little pot of Pearl Perfect Pearls and using a Ranger Perfect Pearls brush, I dabbed the pigment over the top of the tacky ink. It is so important at this stage to just dab the powder over the top of the ink and NOT brush the pigment into the ink, as you won't get such a good effect. Once the ink is covered in powder, then you can brush it away and it should reveal your message! To set the pigment, which is very important ~ you can either mist it with a very light spray of water and heat dry or you can use a cheap hairspray which will act as a fixative.
I then took a piece of chalk, ran it around the edge of the card to create that smudgy chalkboard effect. To complete the background of this layer, I then used the same stamp as I used on the previous outer layer and stamped a border in white ink around the edge of the card.

Now for the first layer of stitching and I just machine stitched around the edge of the stamped card, leaving loose ends of cotton just hanging free on the corner. After adding a few flicks of Picket Fence Distress Paint across the surface, I then matted the card panel onto some more silver metallic card and another layer of black card, which also had a machine stitched border and loose threads. 
I attached this onto the centre of my card blank using foam pads for some dimension.
Using the beautiful image of Santa, I stamped this in Jet Black Archival Ink onto the smooth side of the watercolour card and watercolored it using Distress Marker Pens. I then did a little fussy cutting around the outline and layered him onto foam pads before attaching him to the right hand side of the panel.
I completed the background with some die cut silver stars that I had left over from another project and placed a Clippings Sticker above the Greetings message.
Now to complete the card and add the final embellishments and all that gorgeous metallic shimmer ~ I began by die cutting some silver metallic kraft card and some of the rose gold metallic kraft card using the 3D Holly Die. I then applied some Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the top of the rose gold and some Gunmetal Alcohol Ink over the top of the silver die cut. To create the poinsettia, I used some more of the silver metallic kraft card stock which I had lightly sanded and die cut two layers of petals using the Tattered Poinsettia die. After shaping my die cuts, I then layered them over the top of one another, slightly offsetting them and placed some glitter in the centre.

Attach the poinsettia to the card, layering it over the top of the 3D holly branches.
The final embellishment was my little snow capped yule log ~ this is created using one of the wood slices which I topped with some Grit Paste, sprinkled with Rock Candy Dry Distress Glitter.
For the number 25, I used the Numeric Adornments and painted them with Festive Berries Distress Paint before attaching them to my log with Matte Collage Medium.
Thank you so much for spending some time on my blog today and I hope you've loved this project as much as I loved creating it, it's always fun to share my ideas with you all!

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....





See you very soon, love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Yuletide, ChristmasTime, Sparkles
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Impresslits Cut and Emboss 3D Holly Branch, Tattered Poinsettia
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Festive Berries

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