Thursday, 24 July 2014

#Life Is Good

Hello friends...

It looks as if it will be another beautiful and very hot day here in London. The sun is shining and the heat is already building in the craft room, so today I will have to remember that I need to turn the fan off when using glitter!! Yes, it did happen, glitter was blown everywhere and I had a lot of sparkly tools on my desk but I've learnt by my mistakes and yesterday, was a fan free zone whilst handling the glitter and thankfully, no sparkly accidents!!

In the meantime, I thought I would pop by and share a card with a difference that I made for the July issue of Making Cards Magazine and I was lucky enough and over the moon, to have this project featured on the cover! As always, I hope you love what I've created, as much as I loved making it...
If you would like to find out how I made it, then you can read it in the magazine and can buy back issues HERE
I'm sure that the stamps that I used don't need any introduction, they are the wonderful Nautical Blueprint stamps from Tim Holtz and I chose to use the Seahorse as the focal point of the project.

The image is stamped onto watercolour card, coloured with Distress Markers and then added to the tag.
I then created my stand for the tag. A template is available in the magazine but at some point I will try and fit in a tutorial of how to make this, so watch this space.
I used various elements on the stand, including real shells, cheesecloth and twine. These are added to die cut fronds.
As the finishing touch, I used one of the Tim Holtz Hashtag stamps and stamped Life Is Good on a handcut banner and placed this on the front of the base.
So, that's it from me for today and thank you so much for stopping by and visiting ~ I really do appreciate them all and so looking forward to reading your comments!

I'll see you soon but until then, have a wonderful day and stay cool!!
Bye for Emma xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Midsummer's Challenge ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend but hasn't it flown by again?!? Where do these weeks go?

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is ~ A Mid-summer's Challenge. Mid-summer is a time of hot temperatures, long days, longing for more time spent by the water. Whether your creative mind wants to take a vacation or be inspired by Shakespeare and a starry night ~ we challenge you to create and share with us.

For me, the title of mid-summer instantly made me think of a Midsummer's Night Dream with fairies dancing around a garden filled with flowers and fauna. So with this in mind I created my project and as always, I hope you love what I've created. 
To begin with I took a piece of corrugated card, ripped from the side of a box and then started to tear away some of the surface to reveal the corrugation. Once that was done, I applied a layer of PaperArtsy paint, let it dry before applying the Crackle Glaze. Once this layer was dry, I then added a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint over the top and let the crackles appear.
After drying this layer throughly, I added some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through the Stars Tim Holtz Layering Stencil onto random areas of my background. Once the paste had hardened, I then added touches of Gilding Wax over the top.
The Ornate Frame is die cut from chipboard and then painted with Antique Bronze Distress Paint before being spritzed with Prima Color Bloom Gold Foil Spray. I added a piece of card behind the frame and created a cloudy sky on this card using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then attached the frame with foam pads to give it some dimension.
Now to create the garden and for this, I began by die cutting all my petals, using a combination of the Tattered Florals Bigz Die and the Tattered Garland Strip Die. I coloured all my petals using Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks and then layered and shaped them to give each flower dimension. 
The stamens of the flowers are made by using an old Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and layered together before adding a pearl embellishment centre.
I arranged the blooms around the base of the frame, together with some Distress Stained cheesecloth and die cut Garden Green foliage, painted with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress Paints and inked on the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added the Prima Marketing Resin Butterfly and the Angel, (which was in stock when I made the piece but has since become unavailable ~ sorry).

To complete the piece, I used the Love, Wish, Dream stamp and masked off the other words to leave me with "Dream", which I stamped in black Archival Ink onto card, distressed with Distress Ink and attached the banner using a Memo Pin, together with a little die cut birdie from the Mini Bird and Cage Movers and Shapers Die.
I popped some Mirrored Stars into my framed cloudy sky and added some hand dyed vintage ribbon to hang this piece.
I really hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved my interpretation of our challenge theme for this week. As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Stain ~ Antique LinenOld Paper
Distress Paint ~ Antiqued Bronze
Archival Ink ~ Black
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch from my stash

Monday, 14 July 2014

About A Face ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello friends...

Well, another weekend has come and gone so quickly but it's the start of a brand new week, which means it's the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is all "about a face". From face stamps to the face of the clock, cameos, silhouettes ~ this week we challenge you to be inspired by a face of some kind and we can't wait to see what you create!! Hope you'll join us...

For me, I couldn't resist the beautiful face of a baby which I found in Tim Holtz's Found Relatives pack. It just shouted out to me to be used and this wallhanging is what I made. As always, I hope you love my project and you adore that precious photo as much as I did...
To begin with, I used an old frame that I had in my stash and gave it a coat of Gesso. Once this was dry, I painted the frame with Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I love how the Tumbled Glass when blended with Antique Linen, creates this soft green colour palette. Once I was happy with the colour, I lightly stamped around the frame using the Crackle stamp inked with Watering Can and blotted so that the ink wouldn't be so harsh when I stamped onto the paint. I added some Treasure Gold to age it a little more before starting work on the inside section.

For this, I chose to use some paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash. Once the paper was cut to size and lightly distressed around the edges with a sander, I attached it to the inside of my painted frame.
To create my collaged centrepiece, I started with the Honeycomb Framework Die and die cut Grungeboard, which I then painted with Antique Linen Distress Paint before spritzing it with Prima Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray. I then inked a Size 5 Manila tag with Distress Stain and stamped the verse onto it using black Archival Ink. I used a Hitch Fastener through the hole in the tag and hung a Heart Charm from the fastener.
I then layered the gorgeous vintage photo, edged with Picket Fence Distress Stain, over the top of the honeycomb die cuts, tucking the tag underneath.
For my huge flower, I used some brown paper wrapping, yes...the stuff that comes to pack out a parcel and I thought, you can't waste this, it will come in useful!!! I painted the paper with a coat of Gesso and then die cut various sizes of blooms, using the Jumbo Tattered Florals die.
As you can see, I added quite a few layers to create the flower and then ruffled each of the petals before adding the finished bloom to my layout, together with some cheesecloth, vintage ribbon and some decorative pins.

Finally, I added some pieces of Idea-Ology, an arrow and the beautiful bird, to complete the frame. Both of which I added a touch of Treasure Gold to, to create a gold finish.
For a finishing touch, I added some small studs to each corner, again with a hint of Treasure Gold over the top.
I really hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved my interpretation of our challenge theme for this week. As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Paints ~ Tumbled GlassAntique LinenPumice Stone
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain
Archival Ink ~ Black and Watering Can
Frame, Vintage Ribbon and Decorative Pins from my own stash

Friday, 11 July 2014

Simon Says Stamp "This Is The Life" Blog Hop and Giveaway

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the Simon Says Stamp "This Is The Life" Release Blog Hop!
If you'd like to join us for our exciting hop, then it starts over at the Simon Says Stamp blog but if you're already hopping along, then you will have arrived here, from Jo Nevill's lovely blog.

I'm so excited about all the fabulous new designs in this release and in my opinion, they are all a definite "must have" for your crafty stash and there is something for everyone! For the card that I'm sharing with you today, I was lucky enough to be able to work with the gorgeous Chevron Cloud Dies and the Petite Butterflies Dies and I combined these dies, together with a couple of other products from today's new release. I hope you love what I've created...
To create my background, I applied some Distress Stains to a craft sheet, which I then spritzed with water before "swooshing" my cardstock through it to pick up all the ink. Once the background was dry, I mounted it onto some cardstock and attached it to my kraft card blank.
The Chevron Clouds are die cut from Centura Pearl cardstock which I then attached to my cloudy sky background using various depths of foam pads.
Now, for those gorgeous butterflies ~ I used the medium sized and smallest dies to die cut multiple layers from vellum and vintage paper. I then inked the vellum with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink before layering the vellum and the vintage paper, alternately to give these dimensional butterflies.
I attached my kaleidoscope of butterflies onto the front of my card and added small pearls to the centres of each of their bodies.
The final touch was to use the frame die, which I cut from some of the leftover inked card and I stamped the quote onto the scalloped oval and added it to my card with some wrinkle ribbon, that I hand dyed using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain.
To complete the card, I added some paper string and a couple of decorative pins to the bow.

To celebrate the new release, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a prize pack at every stop on the hop and all you have to do to win one of these fabulous prizes is to leave a comment on each of the blog posts, including mine, as you hop along. The giveaways for the goody bags will close at 6:00pm EST on Thursday July 17th, 2014. A complete list of winners will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday 18th July, 2014!

Your next stop on the "This Is The Life" hop is the talented Kelly Booth
See you all soon and thanks for hopping by today!
Emma xo

Simon Says Stamp Dies ~ Chevron Clouds, Petite Butterflies and Frames
Simon Says Stamp Stamp ~ Life's Journey
Distress Ink ~ Squeezed Lemonade
Decorative Pins from my own stash

Monday, 7 July 2014

Heroes ~ "From Scratch ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge"

Hello everyone...

Welcome to this week's fabulous new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week the challenge was suggested by our very talented team member, Anna-Karin and it's all to do with making something from scratch. So, how about making something project element, or something oh so very homemade. Maybe it could be an embellishment, a rosette, a flower or perhaps you could build something or craft a piece by starting with little more than simple paper. Whatever you make from scratch ~ we would love to see it and hope you will join us for this week's fun challenge!

Now, for me...I love making things from scratch and in particular, as some of you know I love creating my own little shadow boxes. So for this week, I did just that and made a shadow box in celebration of all the heroes in this world. As always, I really hope you love what I've made...

To begin with, I needed to create my own box ~ from scratch and which measures H:15, D:2 and W:14. I created the box using some plain old chipboard and cut all my pieces of chipboard to size. I glued all the pieces together using Glossy Accents which I find is a wonderful adhesive to make these boxes.

To strengthen the sides of the box, I added some tissue tape, which also makes a really nice decorative addition. To complete my shadowbox, I die cut a further piece of chipboard using the Sizzix Star Cluster die from Tim Holtz and attached this to the top of the box. My basic box shape is now complete.
Once all the glue holding the box together is dry, now comes the fun part...painting it, ageing it and adding all that depth and texture onto the frame. To begin with I gave the outside a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint, before applying some Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone paint over the top. Using black Archival Ink, I then stamped onto the frame with the Cracks Stamp. After a blast with the heat gun to make sure that the stamping wouldn't smudge, I added some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil, applying it onto random areas of the outside frame of the box and allowing the paste to completely dry, before adding some more colours of Distress Paint over the top, using my finger to apply it.
So, I was now happy with the overall finish of the box and needed to work on the inside and for this, I used a piece of Manila cardstock and swooshed the card through some Tumbled Glass, Antique Bronze, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and spritzed with water. The card picked up all the gorgeous colours of the stains and I even picked up some of the remaining stain to create the small dots of ink that you can see on the background.
After distressing the edges of the card, I stamped the Tim Holtz verse directly onto the inked background and stamped the pointy finger underneath and attached the inked card to the inside wall of my box.

Now, I just needed to fill the box and decorate the outside and for this, I used lots of glorious Tim Holtz Idea-Ology pieces. I began by attaching a Ring Fastener onto the roof section on the inside and added a jump ring to attach the Union Jack which is found in the Ephemera Pack.
I then used the Alpha Chips to spell out the word "HERO" and placed these inside the box, together with a pen nib and a wonderful vintage photo, again found in the Ephemera Pack and which I aged and distressed slightly.
To decorated the outside of the box, I used more Ephemera pieces and added two of the Arrow Adornments, which I aged using Treasure Gold Gilding Wax.
...and that, completes my Heroes shadowbox!
But there was one more thing that every hero needs, and that is there very own trophy. So, using Tim Holtz's Tarnished Trophies die, I set about cutting six pieces of chipboard, which I then stuck together to create a free standing trophy. I then covered a piece of Grungepaper with Metal Foil tape and die cut another two trophy shapes and applied Alcohol Ink to the surface before using a sander to create a scratchy, tarnished appearance. I stuck one of the alcohol inked sections to the back of the freestanding chipboard trophy and then for the front piece, I attached a Number Brad through a die cut star, which I'd coloured gold and attached it through the centre of the trophy before sticking it onto the main section.

To complete this trophy, I added some offcuts of ribbon and twine to the handles before attaching the finished trophy to a cotton spool which I painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint, with some twine wrapped around the centre.
...and that is my finished shadowbox and trophy, fit for a hero!!!

I really hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved my interpretation of our theme. As always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my 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, I really do appreciate them all and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for Emma xx

Products used:

Ranger Inksssentials Manila Card
Archival Ink ~ Black
Chipboard, Cotton Spool, Twine and Ribbon Offcuts from my own stash

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Summer Of Blooms...

Hello everyone....

Today is my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog and I'm sharing a couple of cards using the gorgeous Refreshers paper pad and The Art Of Paper Floristry II kit that was recently a Pick Of The Day on Create and Craft!! As always, there's a sneaky peek here on my blog but to see more, then just click HERE

Thanks for dropping by today and hope you love what I've created ~ I can't wait to read all your comments!!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and see you soon!
Love Emma xx

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Ooh La La....

Hello everyone!

Today, is a flying visit from me...I've got plenty to do to keep me out of mischief and think I will need to hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, so that I don't get distracted. But before I start I just wanted to pop by to share some Craftwork Cards samples that I made for some recent Create and Craft shows last month.

The shows featured two gorgeous, must have paper pads, I Love London and Postcards From Paris and these fast became some of my all time favourite papers from Craftwork Cards. I just adored everything about them and they definitely captured the feel of two of my favourite cities.

So today, I'm sharing two cards that I created using the Paris paper pads, which I combined with Tim Holtz dies by Sizzix. As always, I hope you love what I've made and I can't wait to read all your comments.
For the first card, I used the Tattered Florals die to die cut some of the papers to make a dimensional bloom. I added leaves, again die cut and then inked with Distress Inks.
The Eiffel Tower is die cut from chipboard, covered in Metal Foil tape and then embossed using the Eiffel Tower and French Script Texture Fade.
I also used one of Tim's gorgeous new Shadowpress dies from the Authentic set, and combined it with some of the Paris papers to create the word Beautiful.
I added all my die cut elements onto the card, together with a crackled Postage Stamp die cut frame, again by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.
...and here's the finished card, with paper rolls, ribbon and some Candi added as finishing touches.
For the second card, I wanted to keep in fairly monochrome to showcase the gorgeous papers....
...and for this, I chose to add a glittery mustache, die cut from the Mustache and Pointed Finger Movers and Shapers set.
I added some ribbon, tied into a shabby bow and a stamped message and to complete the card, I used Candi to denote the colours of the French flag.

I really hope you've loved today's shares and as always, I can't thank you enough for all your visits and continued support. Hope you all have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine!!
See you Emma xxx


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