Wednesday, 25 January 2017

A Life Story...

Hello everyone and welcome to a very special post from me today...

Back at the end of November, I received a really exciting email ~ I'd been invited by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink to be a part of this year's Ranger 2017 Designer Challenge at Creativation (formerly known as CHA) and I can't begin to tell you how thrilled and honoured I was to have been chosen for this!!

The theme was the Evolution of Distress and I had been assigned Distress Crayons, so once all the excitement had sunk in and I had stopped pinching myself, I started to think what I would create for this piece and this, is the project I designed....
I chose to go with a vintage feel...full of layers, texture, vintage ephemera and rusty elements that would compliment the photo of the gorgeous little girl and the little boy all dressed up in his sailor's uniform and I just built up the imagery that I had in my head of these children who were experiencing a moment in their life story and the memories that they would take from this adventure.
As you can see, I added lots of detail to this piece and I also used some of the new dies that were released at the show including the Industrial die which I just loved and will be showing you a piece that I made with that very soon!
There is also lots of texture on this and I loved the way the crayons bought this to life!

...and of course, the hero of this piece was always going to be about the Crayons and I used these in many different ways ~ on the background to created that beautiful blue and hints of rust, I used the crayons to colour my metal Industrial die pieces and I used the crayons to add highlights around each of the layers and to the corrugated card.
I even used them to add more colour to the alcohol inked quote band!
I really hope you've enjoyed this look around my Etcetera Tag and you loved the finished piece! This has been like a dream come true for me and to be featured alongside my friends, Paula, Kaz, Kath, Zoe and of course Tim...was just the best feeling in the world!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you soon with another creation from the show!
Love Emma xx

28 comments:

  1. I live how you use the distress range, you are my favourite because of the delicate touch that you have.
    Many congratulations on your ever exciting Distress design journey x

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  2. First may I congratulate you Emma, how wonderful when dreams come true, there is no shadow of a doubt that your creations will be an outstanding. I'm loving your Etcetera Tag, you have captured the Vintage feel perfectly, all those added elements work together so beautifully. A stunning piece.. Hugs Tracey x

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  3. Breathtaking piece Emma. I was in awe when I first saw it in the videos of the booth, and am even more blown away niw that I saw the close ups. Wowiewowiewowie!!!

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  4. Very well deserved Emma and this piece is a perfect example of why you were asked. You always capture the essence of the style you are aiming for but your creations are always elegant and uncluttered no matter how many layers or embellishments you use.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  5. Congratulations, Emma. I've followed you're work for a long time - from Clarity through to your beautiful magazine examples so I'm not surprised you've been 'snapped up.' Looking forward to watching your 'Distress' journey unfold. ;~}

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  6. Wow! Emma, You are truly the master! The effect that you got from the crayons is just amazing! I have to go back and practice! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. A richly deserved honour! Emma and your tag speaks that in volumes. It truly is incredibly Stunning and leaves me lost for words......
    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    big hugs x

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  8. A very well deserved honour, Emma! This piece is stunning ~ vintage rusty feel is superb!

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  9. Emma, I have been inspired by your art for a while now and you never cease to amaze. You have true talent and I am so glad you are recognized by your peers and fans alike. Looking forward to the next Emma jewel (not to put any pressure on you...haha!).

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  10. Your work is always so well composed and this is, also. I like the tiny touches of gold you have used and the contrast of soft and grungy.

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  11. Such a beautiful piece Emma, love the colours, the ephemera and the layout! Thanks for everything... love you lots xx

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  12. It truly is a stunning piece Emma, you really have captured an aged and vintage look and I love your choice of image. Anne x

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  13. it's such an awesome work of art Emma! TFS!! :D

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  14. Many congratulations, amazing artwork xx

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  15. Such an amazing piece; every detail of it... you DESERVE to be alongside those fabulous Designers... YOU ARE ONE OF THEM ! Your creativity, your work, your use of product speaks Volumes about you and your passion. You are an inspiration ! I love how you tell your story with your post as well !!

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  16. Congratulations Emma! Your tag is awesome. You have such a sense for details! So well balanced, and I love the colours!

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  17. This is gorgeous Emma, you totally deserve to be with the other designers..OOH I LOVE this :) xxx

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  18. One of my favorites from the challenge! The layering is stunning but the crayon around the Quote Band that looks like old rust is what got me! Those kinds of details are not lost on me.

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  19. fantabidoso! there is so much detail and texture. amazing use of crayons. you are so talented and you deserve all teh recognition you get, hugs xxxx

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  20. I've finally managed to pop by and study this carefully... And I keep finding more brilliance the more I look!! It truly is a beauty Emma and you certainly deserve to be in 'the major league'! Congratulations and enjoy being in the limelight! Nicola x

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  21. I just love it Emma! The bundled collage look is always my favorite and you do it so so well! Bravo! Hugs, Autumn

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  22. Just seeing this on FB... Woohoo, absolutely FABULOUS creation, just perfect, love this!!! Corinne x

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  23. Definitely a stunner, and so many people raved about it! I LOVED every detail...just gorgeous!

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  24. AMAZING job Emma! your unique style is fabulous! your background inspire me and I think you are an incredibles artist my dear friend! Barbara

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  25. Emma this is adorable...and what a wonderous mixed media piece you created...love your blog

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  26. It is a wonderful tag, Emma!!! All the details are just fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. A truly beautiful piece worthy of display at such an important event. Very very proud of you

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

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