Monday, 26 October 2015

To The Moon and Back...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week, our theme is called THROWBACK and the challenge is to be inspired by any of the previous challenges. So, you can take a look back at the long list over the years and you can either pick an older challenge of ours, maybe one you didn't have time for yet or one you never finished! Whatever you choose, be sure to tell us which challenge you were inspired by in your entry!

As for me? I was inspired by last years "To The Moon" challenge ~ you can see the original post HERE and there was one die that I had been dying to use but didn't get around to using it for Halloween! So, with this in mind...I thought black cats aren't just for trick or treating, they can also just pop by to say hello in the shadow of a silvery moon!

...and here's how I made my card, full of sparkle and shine and plenty of dimension!
To begin with, I created a white card blank, 15 x 18cm which is a size that I love working with at the moment!

To create the background, I started by cutting a piece of white card and adding my wall across the bottom. For this I used the Bricked Layering Stencil and applied a mix of Texture Paste and Stormy Sky Distress Paint through the stencil. Allow the paste to dry and then add some more colour over the top, using Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks. To create the moon, cut a circle of paper, (I used copy paper) to create a mask. Lay the mask on your card, placing just above the wall and then ink around the circle using Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Remove the moon mask and then ink inside the circle with Antique Linen Distress Ink before inking around the edges with Hickory Smoke. Flick water across the surface of the card and remove the droplets with a kitchen towel. Heat dry thoroughly before spritzing the skyline with Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray Mist. Heat dry again, before matting and layering the background onto a piece of Core'Dinations Distress Card followed by a layer of Metallic Kraft Core Card. Mount the layers onto your white card blank and outline the matts with faux stitching using a black pen.
Add a border sticker along the top of the wall.

Now, to create the glittery cat and I used black card and the Hocus Pocus die for this. Add embossing ink over the surface of the die cut and then sprinkle with Sticky Embossing Powder and heat. Apply Black Soot Distress Glitter over the tacky surface that the powder creates and tap away the excess. I then attached the cat using foam pads to stand on top of my wall.

Spritz a piece of white card with Fossilised Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stain and heat dry before die cutting some leaves using the Autumn Foliage die. Ink the edges of the leaves and slightly crumple them to create a more realistic look.
Arrange and attach the leaves in a cluster in the corner of your card and also, use some of the smaller leaves to scatter around the card, creating the look of them blowing in the wind. Cut a strip of crinkle ribbon and I then dragged a Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker Pen down one side of the ribbon and Gathererd Twigs down the other side to create a stripe. Slightly dampen the ribbon to take away the harshness of the lines but to still keep the stripes. Heat dry, tie the ribbon into a bow and attach in the centre of your leaf arrangement. Add a gumdrop to the centre and some rusty coiled wire.
Die cut the word Hello using the Friendship Script Dies and glitter using the same technique as on the cat. Attach the wording to the wall and place a mirrored star in the corner.
Finally, add some sequins to the sky for an added hint of shimmer and sparkle.

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....

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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:

Distress Paint: Stormy Sky
Distress Spray Stain: Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber
Distress Marker Pen: Gathered Twigs, Spiced Marmalade
Embellishments: Sparkle And Shine Sequins
White card blank from my stash


  1. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the way you paired the cat with the leaves. Thanks for sharing your art.

  2. This is wonderful Emma! Love the bricked wall. TFS!

  3. Beautiful creation, I love it, Jo x

  4. I really love the background and those tiny little leaves floating around.

  5. Such a gorgeous card, Emma! I love the glittery cat :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. another awesome project. i knew this was yours as it has your style all over it. fab make one again, hugs xxx

  7. LOVE this! the cat is fabulous and I love the background and autumn details, absolutely gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  8. In Reality I'm not a lover of cats Emma especially when they have their backs arched but in Art created by your lovely talented self the love can be found ! You have given your cat and indeed your card a real touch of elegance. Love the moonlit sky , the brick wall and the autumnal foliage , especially the gently fluttering leaves- wonderful touch . Hugs x

  9. Emma, this is fabulous! Love it!! That black cat is so striking, and the fall cluster with the ribbon and leaves is just perfect. Everything you have created here is so well thought out!

  10. Every detail is perfect from the colors to the shimmer and the tiny leaves you created! Such an elegant and wonderful card! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  11. What a beautiful and elegant Halloween card! I love how you framed the cat in the moon and the bow is wow!

  12. Love your beautiful card, Emma. Great Halloween inspiration! :)

  13. Absolutely stunning card! this cat is fab and your idea to do the background with the moon is fab! Barbarayaya

  14. Fabulous card Emma! I love that big bow and the stunning glittery cat. And the moon of course!

  15. Oh wow, Emma! This card is fabulous. The glittery cat is amazing! Love the ribbon with the leaves behind it. Perfect. Hugs, Sandra

  16. I've made it no secret that I don't have the greatest relationship with cats, but I really do love the scene you've created here! I love how it's got that Halloween type of vibe, yet it's not crazy over-the-top Halloween. It could be perfect for any day during the Fall and I love how versatile your pieces always are!

  17. This is beautiful, Emma. Every detail! From the faux stitching, to the glittered cat, every piece comes together in perfection. Love it!


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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