Monday, 21 December 2015

Dreaming Of A White Christmas

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

How are you all? Are you ready for Christmas or are you like me and just a tiny bit behind?!? I'm sure it will all come together on the big day but at the moment...I could do with an extra pair of hands, or make that a few extra pairs of hands and I might just get it all done on time!!

But if you do have a little time on your hands, then why not join us for this week's challenge ~ Winter Wonderland! This challenge will run for 2 weeks, so you have plenty of time to get toasty and warm and create something special over the festive season!

For my project, I decided to create a journal page full of wintery goodness, using lots of gorgeous tim Holtz products and who knows ~ hopefully, my dream of a white Christmas might come true but with temperatures as mild as they have been here in the UK, I think this could be the closest I'll get!!

...and here's how I created my winter wonderland!

To begin with I used the Dylusions Journal Book and added a good amount of Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Paint before spritzing it with water and letting the paints blend together. I do like a lot of white space on my pages, so I kept the outside areas clear of paint.

I then needed to create some layers of interest on the background and for this, I used some  torn pieces of tissue tape, which I added across the centre of the pages and a small piece in the top left hand corner.

At this stage I also applied texture paste through the Snowflakes Layering Stencil and allowed this to dry before spritzing the pages with some Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.
I then flicked a small amount of Broken China Paint and Gold Color Bloom Spray across the pages  before drying everything off with a heat tool. Once dry, I inked up the Sparkles stamp with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and stamped them randomly over my page before finally adding some more ink through the Snowflake Stencil.
As a final touch and to create even more texture, I mixed some Glass Glitter and Micro Beads with some Soft Matte Gel and applied them all around the edges of the pages, using a palette knife. I then sprinkled some Sugar Glitter over the top.
Now to add my image and to begin with I took one of the Found Relatives photos and cut around the outline of the adorable skater boy. I attached him to my background by layering him over the top of some Woodland tree, die cut from Kraft Core'Dinations card which I sanded around the edges.
I  used Festive Ephemera pieces and some Industrious Border Stickers to complete the layering and tucked small pieces of cheesecloth behind him.
For the finishing touches, I alcohol inked some mirrored stars and added them and applied a Remnant Rub beneath his feet.

I was so pleased with this page and I love how it captured that icy, frozen feel of winter and I really hope you like it as much as I adored creating it to share with you all!
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....

Just click on the link below to go shopping:

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/Sizzix Dies: Woodlands Thinlits Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: Sparkles
Distress Spray Stain: Brushed Pewter
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Snowflakes
Alcohol Ink: Hazelnut
Cheesecloth from my own stash


  1. Makes me think of that perfect snowy day. The texture and layers add so much depth. The touches of sparkle are so fun. Love it! Merry Christmas.

  2. Fabulous wintry pages Emma! I love the vintage image and all the icy details, very cute :-)

    hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
    Lols x x x

  3. I am absolutely enchanted by your journal page. Beautiful, and what a great description of your process.

  4. This is so fabulous Emma! Everything about this page is perfect! Love the colors and all the ephemera!

  5. This is wonderful Emma! Love the big snowflakes. Happy Holidays!

  6. gorgeous as ever. i seem to be a bit less stressed than usual this christmas but then i am worrying that i have forgotten something big and hence it is all a false sense of security...... hugs xx

  7. This is stunning - love the use of the Found Relatives boy, and the icy look is wonderful. Loving those bead textures.
    Alison xx

  8. Lovely detailing, Emma! The corners are just flawless! Fantastic!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. OMG ... I love it ... the layers are amazing ! Such cool "wintery details" snowflakes, beads OH MY , so fun ... nice touch with cheese cloth too !

  10. Beautiful journal page, Emma, love the snow effect

  11. SUCH fabulous details, here! Love, love, love the texture you added with the glass glitter and micro beads. I adore the mix of rustic and fancy and this guy looks so happy with his skates and a snowy background! You've given him the perfect scene to play in!

  12. Emma you truly created a gorgeous journal page. I love your winter scenery. One can almost feel how cold it is. It looks so genuine. I love the effect you achieved by adding glass glitter and micro beads. I also love the effect it creates when you cut the ice.skater out before adding him. Thank you for sharing your lovely art.
    Emma can I ask if you do have a blog archive ??" I tried to find it.. But could'nt .... I saw a lovely piece of art back in August and I have tried hard to recall from which blog it was. If you have time to reply to my question I will be very grateful. Please...??
    ( )
    Hugs to you ... Monica.... Spain

    1. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and your support of my work, Monica ~ I always love reading them and they always make me smile wide!

      I do have a blog archive...if you scroll down, it's on the left hand sidebar and is just below the networked blog followers section! Hope that helps and if you still can't find it, I do pin my work on Pinterest and the piece of artwork you're looking for might be there, with a direct link to my blog! Merry Christmas to you and your family and sending hugs... Emma xx

    2. Hi Emma
      Oh dear... Thank you so MUCH for your sweet and lovely reply.. I finally had time to come back to your blog and had a look to see if you had time to reply. And what a lovely one..
      Emma believe me it's such a pleasure being fortunate to follow yourr blog and enjoy all your lovely pieces of art. I love your style. And I admire your work. You truly create fabulous art.
      I will have another look to see if I can find where the archive is placed. Or I might find you on Pinterest.
      I wish you and your family a Happy New Year with lots of good health, happiness, love and time to create art. Thank you for all what you shared throughout 2015.
      Sending grateful hugs... Monica.... Spain

  13. a really beautiful journal spread Emma-and I love how you left the white spaces too-something I have a hard time doing-lol! Thanks for sharing your many fabulous projects as part of the Simon Says DT. Merry Christmas!

  14. Gorgeous Christmas journal spread! I LOVE all the detail and texture, and the design is wonderful! Gorgeous!!! Merry merry Christmas!!!

  15. This is a beauty, so well done.

  16. Anita took the words right out of my mouth I was going to say Gorgeous journal pages. I love your snowy scene and I am too wishing for a white Christmas but alas we are only seeing rain. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. A blessed and happy New Year!

  17. Emma, I think its a good thing you made this lovely page for your white Christmas, if it is anything like it is here - I am wearing my sandals today! Beautiful snow scene, and I love how much white space you've used. Merry Christmas!

  18. Amazing pages, Emma! Love the wintery scene, with the stunning trees and the edges are wonderful. So much texture. Wishing you wonderful holidays! Hugs, Sandra

  19. It's becoming really difficult to comment your pages! Anyway... I'll try to do! Love love love, you're one of the most elegant artist ! Every work is wonderful, your attention to detail is fantastic and I adore it! These pages aren't different: they're absolutely stunning! barbarayaya

  20. Love your beautiful journal pages, Emma. The textures and colors you created are wonderful. Have a happy new year! :)

  21. Absolutely stunning! Emma Your journal pages win my heart every time and this is no exception. You truly have created a a wonderful Winter Woodland. I could sit and marvel over the icy frozen feel you have given your pages all day long . What a fabulous piece of wall art this would make .......
    Just a thought ! ( wink)
    Big hugs xx


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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