Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Collect Beautiful Moments ~ 12 Tags of 2015 ~ May

Hey everyone!

Can anyone tell me where this month went? It's just flown hasn't it?!?!

Well, even though the month has disappeared in a blink of an eye, I've managed to work on my version of Tim Holtz's May tag in his 12 Tags of 2015! When I first saw this tag, I just fell totally and utterly in love with it ~ it was beautiful and it showcased so many different techniques! I just had to join in with this one ~ it would have been rude not to!!

So without further ado, here is my tag for May and as always I hope you love it!
You can visit Tim's blog HERE for all the information about the techniques that created this tag and I have used them all on my version!
I added some wire behind the beautiful photo booth image and a few more of the Tiny Tattered Florals to my tag and because I wanted to do a slight twist on the original version, I added a Frameworks die cut as a base.
Below are all the details and some close up details of my tag!



Thank you so much for stopping by today ~ I really appreciate all your visits!
See you soon and bye for now ~ love Emma xx

Monday, 25 May 2015

Thank You ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

This week's challenge is all about "Thank You"! Whether you decide to make tags for store bought things or homemade thank you gifts and cards, there is no nicer way than creating your own personal way of saying thanks!

For my project, I think it's safe to say that the majority of us all love surprises and I decided to create a card with a coffee theme and a surprise little gift card wallet hidden away inside! Hope you'll follow along to see how I made it...


To begin with, I took a giant sized (size 12) Manila tag from Ranger and cut away the tag section at the top. I placed the tag lengthways in front of me and measuring from the left hand side, I scored a vertical line at 11cm and again at 11.5cm. This will create a gusset for your tag to easily slip into. Fold along the scorelines to create your basic card blank.

Now, to create the panels for the inside and outside of your wallet and for this, I cut two pieces of white card that would fit on each of the panel, leaving a border showing around the outside. I applied Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint to the surface of each piece of card and used a heat tool to dry.

I then took the front panel and embossed this using the Courtyard and Trellis Texture Fade. I lightly sanded over the embossed areas to remove some of the paint and then inked around the edges of both pieces with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

Attach the plain panel to the back section of the card. Matt the embossed panel onto a piece of corrugated card and mount onto the front section.

Using the Splat die from the Scribbles and Splat die set, die cut Manila card stock. Ink the cut images using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and attach them to the inside and the outside of your wallet.
To create your wallet, open up the card lengthways and place foam pads on the inside, along the bottom edge and down the left hand edge of your front panel. Fold along the scorelines and attach the front panel to the back section to form the pocket for your tag.

Now for embellishing and for this, I used the Coffee Cups die from Tim Holtz and die cut one of the cups and lids from Grungepaper and the band from corrugated card. I painted the die cut cup and lid using a blend of Picket Fence and Antique Linen Distress Paint and once dry, inked the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Assemble the cup, adding the band across the middle section. Place a circle of inked card to the centre and then using the Heartfelt die, die cut one heart to fit into the centre of the circle. Paint the heart using Festive Berries Distress Paint and then add a layer of Glossy Accents over the top before applying an even coat of Rock Candy Distress Glitter. Tap away the excess and leave to dry before attaching the heart to the centre of your cup.
Cut a piece of film ribbon and attach this across the bottom section on the front of your wallet. Add a Flash Card and secure this in place using torn pieces of Tissue Tape, together with some metal embellishments and a mirrored star that has been inked with Alcohol Ink to make it look a little more vintage.
To complete the card, attach your coffee cup, layering it over some cheesecloth and attach a scattering of sequins.

We're nearly there and all that we need to do now is create our little tag and for this, I used a size 8 Manila tag and cut it down to measure 12.5cm in length. I painted the tag with a blend of Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen Paint and then added a panel of embossed card.

I hand dyed some ribbon with Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain and tied the ribbon into a scruffy bow at the top of my tag.
 
I secured a typed token onto the centre of the bow using a looped pin and then added some Big Chat stickers to the embossed card.
Finally, pop your gift card into the pocket and place the tag into the wallet.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created my fun little gift card. 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 soon...love Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Dies and Texture Fades: Scribbles and Splats, Courtyard and Trellis Texture Fade
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo
Distress Stain: Cracked Pistachio
Alcohol Ink: Sunshine Yellow
Cheese Cloth

Monday, 18 May 2015

Young Love ~ x,y,z Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a new week and to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week we are focusing on not one, but three letters of the alphabet ~ X,Y and Z!! You could be inspired by the end (as this is the end of the alphabet), zoo animals, yellow or yarn! What else can you think of? It's up to you to decide and we can't wait to see what you share with us all this week!

For my project, I decided to create a journal page about the story of Young Love and because I never make life easy for myself, I incorporated the letters X, Y and Z within my page and here's what I did...

To begin with I took my Dylusions journal and started to create the background by applying Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed (Y for yellow) Distress Ink directly from the pad to the page. I then gave a light spritz of water and moved the journal around to make the inks run. Once happy, I heat set the inks with a heat tool before adding strips of Tissue Tape across the two pages.
Next I wanted to add some layers and started by sponging Jet Black Archival Ink through the Mesh Layering Stencil using a blending tool. I then started to add my next layer to the background by applying Texture Paste through the letters XO (x of XO) from the Valentine Layering Stencil. I added the lettering to random areas of my pages.

For the next layer... I used the Zig Zag Dots stencil (z for zig zag) and applied more Texture Paste through this stencil, again adding it to random areas on my page. For my final layer, I used the Cracks Stamp from the Cracks and Specks stamp set by Tim Holtz and inked it with Wendy Vecchi's Orange Blossom Archival Ink and stamped the cracks onto the page.

To complete the pages, I added some splashes of Black Soot, Barn Door and Picket Fence Distress Paint by picking up the paint on a paint brush and just flicking the colour across the two page spread and added some Industrious Border Stickers.
Now that the background was complete, I started to create my focal point and to tell the story and for this I used one of the Photo Booth images from Tim Holtz. When I look at these images, I instantly see a story in every photo and for me, this photo shouted "Young Love". 
I began by distressing the edges of the photo to give a more aged look and then matted the image onto layers of Core'dinations card and Wallflower paper stash. (This is a great way of using up those offcuts that you always save a future project).

I attached the photo to my background, adding some coils of black wire behind it, which created the perfect frame told draw the eye into the page.
To complete the page, I attached a Flash Card, a vellum butterfly and First Class Mail piece, both from Ephemera packs and some pieces of Idea-ology.
As the finishing touch, I added the "Hello Darling" Small Talk sticker and used a Pumice Stone Distress Marker to highlight around the edge of the sticker and also around the edge of the Flash Card...

...and that completes my journal pages!
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created my journal pages and you've enjoyed how I incorporated the letter's X, Y and Z within this project. 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 soon...love Emma xx

Products used:

Simon Says Stamp Products: Zig Zag Dots Stencil
Tim Holtz Stamps: Cracks and Specks
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Barn Door and Picket Fence
Embellishments: Prima Wired Thread
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Mesh

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Take Flight (Part 2)

Hi everyone!

Just a flying visit today but I'm here because I've been asked by quite a few people if it would be possible to share the template for this card *points down* that I posted on Wednesday!
You can see that post in full HERE but today, your wishes are my command as below is the template for the folds that I used to create this card!
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left me on this card ~ I always say it but you do blow me away with all your kind words and sweet messages!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that the sun shines wherever you are!
See you soon...love Emma xxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Take Flight...

Hello everyone!

I'm popping by today to share a card that I had published in the May issue of Making Cards Magazine! The regular readers of the magazine will know that every month I create a Designs With A Difference card project and when I started thinking about the May project, I thought it would be wonderful to create a card showcasing the gorgeous butterfly stamp from Tim Holtz's Perspective stamp set.

So with this in mind, I created this fancy fold card and as always, I hope you love it!
As you can see, the card itself can be displayed in two ways and to be honest, I love both ~ it's really hard to choose from and below, I've included lots of close up details of the card.
For more details of how this card is made and for full instructions and a template, then back issues of the magazine are available HERE!

Don't you just love that butterfly stamp? I stamped this onto watercolour card and used Distress Marker Pens to colour the image ~ blending a combination of blues, greens and browns.


All products used on this card are by Tim Holtz including the gorgeous backing papers that are from the Wallflower Paper stash.
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you love what I've shared!
See you soon and if the sun is shining where you are ~ enjoy!
Love Emma xxx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Live Every Day With Intention ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

It's the start of a brand new week here on my blog and that means it's the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week there is just one rule ~ we want you to use any one Simon Says Stamp brand stamp, stencil, ink pad, cardstock, die or kit on your project! You can also feature other things ~ just be sure to let us know what Simon brand exclusive product you used in your creation this week!

I chose to use a selection of SSS products to create my card and hope you enjoy the creative process behind it!

To begin with, I cut a piece of watercolour card to measure 6" square. I misted the card with water and then took my Broken China and Shabby Shutters Mini Distress Ink Pads direct to the card and applied some ink from both colours to the damp card. Mist a little more water onto the card and watch the inks blend together, letting them drip and run to create a gorgeous background.

Next, I wanted to add some more to my background and applied a combination of blues and greens directly onto my SSS Ring Cluster stencil, misted the stencil with water and then stamp the stencil directly onto the background and press down. I removed the stencil to leave me with this gorgeous reverse print.
Dry the card thoroughly before applying some Jet Black Archival ink through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil using a blending tool. Add a few flicks and splashes of Distress Stains using a brush to pick up the colour and then just flicking onto the card ~ for this, I used Evergreen Bough and Abandoned Coral. Give another burst of heat to dry the ink completely or set aside whilst you start stamping!

I stamped the Exercise Girl image onto a further piece of watercolour card using black Archival Ink and then coloured her using a water brush and Distress Marker Pens that I scribbled onto my craft sheet. I then used the co-ordinating die to die cut the image and set her to one side to work on the next stage.
...and for this, I applied strips of torn tissue tape across the centre of the inked background and also used the Scribbles and Splats die to die cut one of the scribbles from Kraft Core card stock, which I attached over the top of the tissue tape stuck to my card. I then, inked around the edges of the card using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
I then used the SSS Chevron Clouds die to die cut a set of clouds from white pearl card which I attached to my background using foam pads for dimension....
...added a coil of white Wired Thread, before popping the beautiful stamped image amongst the clouds. When adding each layer I ensure that each time I used more foam pads to create the height and perspective I wanted.
To complete my card, I added some sequins dotted around the background and a small talk sticker.

I then matted and layered my finished artwork onto layers of white and Fog Gray card stock before mounting it onto a 7" white card blank.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and you've been inspired by some of the techniques I've used to create my background. 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:



Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Scribbles and Splats Thinlits Die Set
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Various shades of blues and green Distress Inks
Embellishments: Prima Wired Thread
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Dot Fade

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