Monday, 6 March 2017

In My Dreams...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is all about Backgrounds and the team are also showcasing Dylusions products within their projects! If you'd like to join us for this challenge, we can't wait to see what you create and look forward to you playing along...

For my project, I chose to use my small Dylusions journal and Dylusions paints, combined with Tim Holtz Distress Paints to create a background for my journal pages which is all about dreams and was actually inspired by a recent chat on Facebook and one of the gorgeous Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz! I love to create stories around these images and these pages just had to be all about the hopes and dreams of this little ballerina. I hope you love what I've created and love all the details I've included in this project.
Click on photo to enlarge's time for a new challenge!
To begin with I prepped my pages with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint as I wanted a soft vintage feel for my background. I attached some torn pieces of the Symphony Tissue Tape and then started to add some colour by applying Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, keeping the pink in the centre of the pages and then added depth by using the Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Crayons.

To create more layers on the background, I applied Hickory Smoke Distress Paint through the Nordic Layering Stencil, adding it randomly across my two pages. I heat dried the pages to set the paint before applying a layer of White Linen Dylusions paint over the top, which helped to blend the background, giving a soft diffused look.

Once I was happy, I then started to add my circles and used the Limor Circles Stamp from IndigoBlu. I stamped the the small and medium outline circles, stamping them across my pages to create the look of bubbles. I then painted the inside of the circles with gesso before adding Victorian Velvet Distress Paint over the top. Once the painted circles were dry, I added some shading with Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone Distress Paints and added a small amount of White Linen Dylusions paint as highlights within the circles. I added some paint flicks of Black Soot and Gold Acrylic paint as a finishing touch.
To complete my background, I used an old credit card, dipped in Black Marble Dylusions paint and added some paint scratches around the edge of my pages.

Now for the fun part of adding my dream section...
I started by applying strips of Film Ribbon and lace to the centre of the right hand page ~ this will be my base for adding the layers. I then cut a circle of paper from the Memoranda paper stash and matted it onto a circle of gold metallic cardstock, followed by a layer of black card which had a small amount of Victorian Velvet paint applied around the edge.

I then attached my matted circle onto layers of cheesecloth, one coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain and the other coloured with Antique Linen Distress Spray.

I also used the largest of the Stacked Stars die to die cut some gold Deco Sheets that I had attached to a thick piece of card and tucked the large die cut star behind the circle.

Using the gorgeous little ballerina Paper Doll which I coloured using Distress Marker Pens, I layered her over the top of some more cheesecloth, this time stained with Victorian Velvet Distress Spray..

I then wanted her to hold a little mirrored star, altered with Mushroom Alcohol ink, so attached a small piece of twine, so that it appeared to be coming from her hand and tied a further piece of twine into a bow and attached this to her hand before adding the star at the end of the twine.
I placed some more mirrored stars around her, tucking them into the cheesecloth and I also added some remnant rubs to the background.

Because these pages were all about dreams and stars, I wanted a trail of stars to be following her, so I used the Crescent Moon and Stars die to die cut some smaller stars from the card covered with the gold Deco Sheet and placed these in a swathe across the pages.
I also added some gold sequins in between for a bit of sparkle.
Finally, I added my wording and for this I found the perfect quotes in the Clippings Stickers and attached these onto the left and right hand pages, together with an arrow from the Gilded Accents Remnants set.

...and that completes this week's project ~ a story of a little girl, dreaming of stars that glitter!

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


  1. this truly is a magical page Emma!

  2. I adore this ... love the bubbles just so clever xx the whole project is a joy to look at x

  3. this is just so very pretty! Its like a princess fairytale! the whole design is absolutely stunning!! 💕 perfect! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Your journal pages are gorgeous, Emma. Love the beautiful soft colors scheme on the background and the layers of embellishments are fabulous. :)

  5. Ok, it's official, there isn't anything you can't do that doesn't turn out jaw dropping, Emma. This is so gorgeous...the colors, the design, the texture, perfect!

    Cathie ♥

    Cathie ♥

  6. Just fabulous Emma - she is one of my favorite Paper Dolls!

  7. Gorgeous gentle colours in the background and I love the texture in the collaged focal point - beautiful pages.
    Alison x

  8. Such a stunning background with wonderful depth and detail using all those gorgeous soft tones Emma just perfect for the challenge them. The focal point compliments and accentuates this further with all those fabulously collaged layers full of texture and dimension and really brings the story you are conveying through your pages to life. Having seen the fb chat that inspired these pages ( I think it's the one you are referring to) you really have done a superb job of telling the story of a young Ballerina full of hopes and dreams.
    As always I just love your work .
    Big big hugs for this weeks smiles :)

    1. *theme* keyboard gremlins - really sorry . x

  9. Just fabulous Emma - I think this is one of the most stunning journal pages I have seen. Gorgeous details, wonderful colours and amazing layers of paint. Fabulous inspiration. Jennie x

  10. This is gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! This reminds me of a beautiful dream scene that's filled with magic and fantasy. That Emma Classiness comes through, but you've made this so ethereal and lovely. One of my favorites of yours period!!

  11. Such a stunning piece filled with mystery and multiple layers to explore, so many words to build stories around...💕

  12. I forgot to say Please continue to listen to what you hear...💗

  13. I'm in love with this layout. I love the layers and the color and the choices you made in the design. How lovely! This is really inspiring me to give mixed media a try. Thank you so much for sharing this. hugs, treen

  14. This is absolutely stunning Emma! I don't think there is one piece I don't love! What fantastic inspiration, thank you!

  15. Beautiful romantic background, Emma! Love it! ❤

  16. Gorgeously girly project, Emma! Love the beautiful romantic feel to this with the soft, soft colors, and the lovely ballerina! Love this!!! hugs, Maura

  17. This is so fun, Emma! I'm loving all of the dimension!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  18. I love this page Emma. All the different circles are just perfect and I love the stars, cheese cloth, story and images.

  19. wow Emma this is beautiful beyond the soft and dreamy look you created...hugs kath xxx

  20. Classy, beautiful, dreamy..... I adore this work! Barbara

  21. Classy, beautiful, ethereal, dreamy.... Love your project! Barbara

  22. This is absolutely amazing. I am in love with this pages. This softy pink with gold is a perfect match. Since I love circles in all the forms, this project is what I love the most. Hugs, Marzena


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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