Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter Surprise ~ Pastels Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and yes, can you believe that another week has flown by and here we are at Monday again!?! But the great thing about Monday's is that it means the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week it's all about PASTELS!

From soft shabby chic colours to white washing with gesso, or maybe you might be inspired by Easter to even using actual pastels ~ whatever you choose, we challenge you to be inspired by the softer side of the colour wheel!

My project for this week was inspired by Easter and of course, no Easter table would be complete without a handmade decoration to adorn each place setting!! So, I created a small matchbox style box which I filled with Easter Eggs ready for the celebrations.
To begin with, I made my 12 x 8cm matchbox from kraft card. To be honest, any shape or style of box will be perfect for this project and if you don't want to spend time making your own matchbox, then why not use an empty, discarded matchbox or there are various dies on the market which create similar style boxes, including the Tim Holtz Matchbox Die.

For the next stage, I cut pieces of Manila card that would fit the top and sides of my box and covered the card with a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint. By adding a layer of white paint to the surface of the Manila card, it allows the true blue colour of the next layer to shine. Once the paint is completely dry apply a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, mixed with a little Picket Fence to give a perfect pastel blue colour. Heat dry the paint.

Place the Lace Layering Stencil over the top of the pieces of card and using a palette knife, apply Texture Paste through the stencil. Set aside to dry before inking the edges of the card with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and then attaching each piece to your box.
Attach two ring fasteners to either side of the draw section and then line the inside of the drawer with white card.

To create the roses, I used the Jumbo Tattered Pinecone die to die cut two pieces of white card. I then coloured the card with Scattered Straw Distress Ink before adding a blush of Spun Sugar to the edges to create the look of a perfect rose. Make up the pinecone, (instructions are included in the die) and then shape the petals.
For the leaves, I applied some Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress Stain to my craft sheet, before swiping a piece of card through the ink to colour it. 
I then used Tim's Leaf Stamps from the Daydream stamp set and inked them with Wendy Vecchi's Leaf Green Archival Ink and stamped the leaves directly onto the coloured card. 
I cut out each individual leaf before inking the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I then arranged and attached my leaves and roses to the top of the box, added some wire coils and some fibres.
For the final touch, I used one of the gorgeous Trophy Cups that I altered with Alcohol Ink before adding a Vial label to the front, complete with Remnant Rub. I added some dried moss into the top of the cup, die cut a piece of inked card using one of the dies from the Labels set and then stamped out the message using the Hero Arts Printer's Alphabet stamps. 
Attach the message to the cup with a memo pin, adding a small piece of Linen Ribbon and then attach to the top of your box.
I wanted to add some little legs to my box and searched everywhere to find some and in the end, I decided to use the small cork stoppers that come in the tops of the Corked Vials. I had some that I had taken out and hadn't used and these were ideal ~ you can just see them in the photo!
Finally, add a small crystal and all that's left to do is fill the box with yummy chocolate eggs....
...which completes my little Easter Egg box!
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and 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: Daydream
Distress Stain: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass, Picket Fence
Alcohol Ink: Gold Mixative, Pitch Black
Dried moss and fibres from a local florist


  1. Can I come to Easter at your house??? These little dinner-table Easter gifts are so fabulous! You really do have a knack for thinking of interesting projects and you're a master at all things 3D. I hate cooking and baking, so I often rely on making cute crafty things to look at during dinner to distract from the poorly cooked meal. So hey- I will definitely copy this idea for the next time I have to try and bake! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration. I love how you put grass in the trophy and the little nest of fibers could not be more perfect! LOVE!

  2. When is artwork at its most realistic? When it has received the touch of Artymiss Emma! Beautiful rose and clever project. Leaves me standing ... well, figuratively speaking.

  3. Will that have my name on it? I'd love it to be my place setting. What an ingenious mind you have! I wish I could have a look at it (your mind) in more detail as I find you r creativity fascinating.
    What a wonderful creation xx

  4. Andrea already said it first but my first thought was can I come too? Who wouldn't be utterly charmed by this place setting? What a beautiful addition to the table and then to find the secret drawer with the little treats inside.. what a wonderful treat!

  5. When is artwork at its most realistic? When it has received the touch of Artymiss Emma! Beautiful rose and clever project. Leaves me standing ... well, figuratively speaking.

  6. Gorgeous project Emma! Love the soft palette and your big beautiful flower! Your table is going to look outstanding, wow! Such a creative idea. :)

  7. Beautiful! Love the soft blue you used, thanks for the tip. The rose and leaves are so pretty. Just fantastic.

  8. You Never cease to amaze me ....Inspiring !

  9. Stunning gift box, Emma! I just love the roses! They look so real!!!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Just saw your project on the SSS blog. It's gorgeous!

  11. Wow this is so pretty, Emma! love the roses and the leaves are amazing! So cool! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Absolutely beautiful. Love the soft pastel blue, really does make the stencilled layer stand out as you say. Fantastic roses, so life like.

  13. What lucky, lucky folks who get to sit at your Easter table Emma! A beautiful and elegant Easter treat box, thanks so much for sharing your techniques!

  14. Love your beautiful creation, Emma. The roses and leaves are gorgeous :)

  15. Emma, I'm always amazed when i visit at your blog and I see the details of your art works! Love this little box, I'm in love with the yellow rose,the stencil is so beautiful and soft! Happy easter, dear friend!! BArbarayaya

  16. This is so pretty Emma!! Love the finish of the box and your roses are perfect. They look like real roses. The trophy cup looks wonderful too.

  17. I need this rose die, I need perfect roses, I thought they were real!


Thank you for all your comments and messages, they are all appreciated and I hope you'll come back and visit again soon...
Emma ~xx

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