Monday, 1 March 2021

2: Happy Together...

Hello friends and happy Monday...

I can't quite believe that we're already in March!! Where did January and February go?!? It's crazy how time flies in lockdown but at least there has been some light at the end of this long road and this week, I'll be having my Covid vaccination.

But before then, it's time for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is Art Journaling! The DT are showcasing Dyan Reaveley products within their projects, which is something you can do but it's not essential ~ you can join in whatever product you choose to use!

For my project, I used Dyan's Small Creative Journal to create a collaged, layered vintage journal layout using Tim Holtz ephemera. I love to create this style of art journaling, it's also a fabulous way of using up my offcuts and scraps of paper that sit in a box for "one of those days".  I also chose to use a photo from the Tim Holtz Found Relative photo set, but there's no reason as to why you can't use a precious photo from your own collection and create a page that is all about family!

So, let's get started and here's how I created my journal layout..


I started my layout by using a few of my scraps and offcuts of paper from the Abandoned Paper Stash and adhered these down the centre of the double pages, together with some strips of Tim's Remant Design Tape using Matte Collage Medium, which I also used to seal the papers. I then applied some Crackle Paste, around the paper edges and concentrating on that central area.

Once I was happy, I put this to one side for the crackle to do it's thing whilst I colour tinted my photo.

The photo that I used is from Tim's Found Relatives set and I just adore this image of mother and child, it's so beautiful. To add colour to the image, I applied a coat of clear gesso to prime the surface and then used a damp fine detail water brush and Distress Crayons and basically watercolored the photo, adding Aged Mahogany tints colour to their cheeks, Faded Jeans to the background and just adding colours of my choosing to their clothes ~ it just brings the b&w photo to life.

After adding some machine stitching around the edges of the colour tinted photo, it was time to go back to my journal, where the crackle paste was now dry and crackly, and I could complete the background.

I used the Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons to add a touch of vintage to the background and to accentuate the crackles that the paste has given. To blend the crayons and get rid of any harsh lines, I used a water brush and a semi dry baby wipe, and just applied this over the surface.

I completed the background by flicking a small amount of watered down Black Soot Distress Paint across the pages and allowed for everything to dry thoroughly and I also added some machine stitching. It wasn't the easiest of things to do...the book and my machine had a few hissy fits but I got there in the end and obtained the look I wanted. If you scroll through the photos, I hope you'll be able to see how I stitched onto random areas of the background pages.

Now it's time to move onto telling the story of these two beautiful people...mother and child!

...and firstly, I gathered my supplies! I used flowers, labels and a butterfly in flight, all taken from the Field Notes Ephemera and Snippets Ephemera sets and once I had the ones I wanted to use, I arranged these, together with my photo onto my pages, adhering them directly onto the background using Matte Collage Medium and placing them so they hung over the photo and just framed it perfectly.

I completed the arrangement with a tiny butterfly in flight, that I added to the top right hand corner of the photo and a vial label that I layered over the top, placing it so it slightly overlaps the photo. I then added a small amount of Mummy Cloth, (from the Halloween Trimmings set) dyed with Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stain, and tucked this underneath the label.

I then added a small button, with pink thread stitched through the holes and a postmark that comes from the Specimen Remnant Rubs pack.

For the finishing touches to this layout, I added the large number 2 which is from the Urban Layers pack and adhered this to the left hand page. I then used one of the new products from Tim's idea-ology range, Metallic Stickers and I took the "Happy Together" sticker and placed this underneath my large number.

Finally, I added a Stitched Scrap in the top left hand corner, complete with a mini pin...

...and added some white pen doodles down the central spine of the pages.

...and that is my journal layout complete. I hope you've enjoyed the walk through the process of how it was created and how I built up texture, dimension and layers in this journal, but all the time keeping the pages quite flat so that the book will close.

As always, if you've been inspired by anything that you see here on my blog, please just tag me on my social media or leave a message so I can pop by to take a look ~ I always love to see your work!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress CrayonsPumice Stone and Walnut Stain
Distress Spray Stain: Frayed Burlap
Distress Inks: Walnut Stain

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome to Day 2 of the Simon Says Stamp Hello Beautiful Blog Hop...

I'm so happy to be joining so many talented designers as one of the stops on this hop and if you'd like to see this fabulous new release in full, then just pop over to Simon Says Stamp.

You might have arrived here from Bobbi Lemanski's blog, but if you've just popped by and would like to join us for this fun hop, then don't worry because you can head back to the beginning over on Simon Says Stamp's Blog. Also, if you make anything using any of the awesome new products from this release, then we would love for you to share your creations with us in the Hello Beautiful gallery.

For my card, I combined a couple of the new products, the Spring Blooms Corner Die and the Slimline Beautiful You stamp set and I combined these to create a vintage style card which I hope you love!

To begin with I created my tent style card base, 15 x 20cm from black card and added a layer of gold pearl card, slightly smaller in size to create a black border around the edge.

Moving onto the background and the decorative die cut panel.

I cut a panel of Mixed Media Heavystock card, 13 x 14cm and inked it with a combination of Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains and Frayed Burlap Oxide Spray. Once I misted the cardstock with a light spray of water I spritzed the stains to directly onto the card panel.

Taking the Spring Blooms Corner die, I placed this in the top left hand corner, and ran it through my die cutting machine. I then flipped the die to the bottom right hand corner and again ran through my machine.

I added some stamping to the background using Jet Black Archival Ink and the script stamp from Stampers Anonymous The Poinsettia and the postmark and receipt number stamps from the Field Notes stamp set. Both sets are by Tim Holtz.

After inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I machine stitched a border all around the outside of the die cut panel.

After cutting a second panel of the Heavystock card, 14 x 15cm, I used the corner die to cut a stencil from Sizzix Stencil Film sheets. This will mean that I can ink through the stencil to obtain the correct placement of ink when I place the die cut card panel over the top.

Placing the die cut stencil film onto the second card panel, I inked the flowers and leaves through the stencil using Kitsch Flamingo Oxide Ink for the flowers and Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Oxide Inks for the leaves. Repeat to ink the flowers and leaves in the opposite corner.

Machine stitch a border around the inked panel and then mount the die cut and stamped panel over the top, aligning the die cutting with the inking on the second panel, so that it lines up perfectly.

Cut a strip of vellum, 3cm wide and ink up the 'You Make Life, Beautiful' stamps from the Beautiful You stamp set using clear embossing ink. Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the top and heat emboss until molten.

Wrap the vellum sentiment strip around the decorative card panel, securing it by machine stitching down each side and adding Tiny Clips to hold it securely in place.

I mounted the matted card panels onto the top section of my card using foam pads for dimension and a little height.

Underneath the decorative panel, I used the Crochet Die Set by Tim Holtz to die cut a strip of Mixed Media card stock inked with the same colours as I used on the background panel. After inking the edges of the die cut with a little Frayed Burlap ink, I then adhered it onto another strip of inked card stock and mounted this underneath the decorative panel, again using foam pads.

To complete the strip, I attached two gold metallic droplets and a couple of buttons from my own stash.

We're nearly there and all that's left to do are the finishing touches...

...and the first of those is the tie of Mummy Cloth, (taken from the Tim Holtz Halloween Trimmings set) that I coloured using Antique Linen and Kitsch Flamingo Distress Spray Stains. I just spritzed the cloth with the stains and then dried it throughly before wrapping it around my card and securing it with a Mini Pin and an Antiqued Gem.

Finally, I added small dots of Tonic Nuvo Chalk Stick Vintage Drops to the decorative die cut panel.


Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Laura Bassen

Debby Hughes

Amanda Korotkova

Bibi Cameron

Heather Hoffman

Yoonsun Hur

Bobbi Lemanski

Emma Williams (you are here)

Vicky Papaioannou

Dilay Nacar

Kim Hamilton

Natasha Vacca

Kath Stewart

Mandy Stacey

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $25 coupon to every stop on the blog hop! This means you can leave a comment here and on every stop along the way to increase your chances. Winners will be posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, 3rd March and all winners will need to contact/email Simon Says Stamp to claim their prize. 

Also, last but by no means least ~ we are also running a special surprise promotion in conjunction with this hop and you can claim one free gift of your choice, the gorges Rose Trio stencil! The offer is valid until 28th February at 11:59 EST, or while supplies last and the code you need to use to claim your gift, is: RSE542

Thanks so much for hopping by today, hope to see you again soon!
Emma xx


Simon Says Stamp HELLO BEAUTIFUL Release: Spring Blooms Corner Die, Slimline Beautiful You
Tim Holtz Stamps: Field Notes, The Poinsettia
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Crochet Thinlits
Distress Ink: Walnut StainFrayed Burlap
Distress Oxide Inks: Kitsch Flamingo, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Distress Spray Stain: Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Kitsch Flamingo
Distress Oxide Spray: Frayed Burlap
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock Card, Simon Says Stamp Vellum, Black and gold pearl card from my own stash
Foam Pads
Big Shot
Buttons from my own stash

Monday, 22 February 2021

Let's Go Fly A Kite...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a good weekend and for all those Tim Holtz addicts out there, hope you enjoyed our favourite time of the week with Tim on YouTube. If you don't want to miss out on any of Tim's lives, you can subscribe to Tim's Channel HERE!

So as the new week begins, it's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week, we challenge you with our theme, ANYTHING BUT A CARD! We can't wait to see what you will be making and hope you will join us and play along.

For my project, I'm so happy to share a piece that I created for the recent Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 2021 Live! So many people have kindly messaged me and emailed about this particular project asking if I would share a tutorial and today, you get your wish because this was perfect for our theme and I hope you enjoy reading all about it!

I'm sure that most people will instantly recognise the inspiration behind this panel and as soon as I saw this beautiful die set, I knew I wanted to create a project that was all about Mary Poppins and with this in mind and with so many gorgeous dies to work with, the framed panel took shape and came together perfectly.

So, it's time to begin this week's challenge and let's go fly a kite!


To begin with I prepped and painted the frame. I've used quite a few of these frames in the past and I think they really are my favourite substrate to use. They come in two pieces, the frame and a backboard and I gave both pieces a coat of gesso before applying Dina Wakley's Ancient Acrylic Paint which is a gorgeous gold. Once the paint was dry, I then added Black Soot Distress Paint over the top, using the dry brush technique. This allows just a hint of coverage but just creates more of a vintage, worn look to the wood. Once again heat dry before moving on to the next paint layer which was Picket Fence. I applied this with my finger to get into all the little grooves of the beading around the edge of the frame and if any was applied to heavy, I just wiped it away with a soft cloth. Once I was happy with the finish of the frame and it was dry, I applied a light touch of gilding wax over the top.
Moving onto the background of the panel...

For this I used the beautiful Flowery Thinlits Die and started by cutting a piece of Mixed Media Heavystock card that fits the aperture of my framed panel. I then applied in order, Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood and Antique Linen Distress Paints to the card panel to add colour. I layered these paints over the surface, applying a solid layer of speckled egg before dry brushing the following layers over the top and heat drying between applications. 

Taking the die, I cut two separate sections of the design and then carefully, I matched up the pattern, before attaching it using Matte Collage Medium onto my painted card. (NOTE: the design of the die isn't made to be a continual pattern but if you play around, you can get quite a good match without it looking wrong and not showing a join).

I adhered the background to my framed panel backboard and then applied a coat of the medium over the surface to seal it. Once this was dry, I used Speckled Egg, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons to tone down the background. I just scribbled these over the top of the cardstock, and because I have the collage medium applied, this allows me to be able to move the crayon around with a semi dry baby wipe and just add that extra touch of vintage.
Right we now have the background and all that I did to complete the panel, was add Butterfly Design Tape so that it will create an inner frame to the wooden frame, and then attached my painted gold frame over the top and adhered it with matte collage medium. I usually clip my frame with bulldog clips, just to make sure it is well and truly attached.
Now for the scene and I began by cutting my figures, umbrella, kite and those teeny little butterflies using The Park die set. I cut each of these pieces from black card, four separate times and then layered them over the top of one another, attaching each layer with Matte Collage Medium so that the die cuts resemble the thickness of chipboard/mountboard.
I added some white pen and pencil highlights before layering the dies onto a gold die cut layer which adds the shadow. This layer is cut from metallic kraft stash and just slightly offset behind the main die cut.
As the finishing touch to Mary, I added the scarf which was actually die cut using the Reindeer Snowman Papercut Colorize Die Set from Christmas and all I did was cut the snowman's scarf from Mixed Media card, coloured it with Distress Inks and placed it around Mary's neck.
To see how I created the gates, I have a previous tutorial here and these were made in exactly the same way, using Rocky Road Embossing PowderSeth Apter Weathered Gold Embossing Powder to create the gorgeous enamelled effect.
Now that I have all the die cut pieces ready, I can assemble the scene inside my frame...
I used a Lace Baseboard Panel and attached this to my background using foam pads. Underneath the lace frame, I attached and placed a ledge which the characters will stand on. This is created using the Scallop Etcetera Trims and as with the gates, I've got a previous tutorial, HERE which you can follow on how I create these ledges and attach them to my projects.
To attach the gates to either side of the panel, I placed them slightly lifted so they appear to be open and just applied a fine line of Matte Collage Medium to adhere them into place. Hopefully, you can see how they are attached in the photo below.
I then added my figures, complete with their umbrellas, kite and scarf, onto the frame using some more foam to create dimension and attached the butterflies in the aperture of the lace baseboard frame, placing them between the figures.
Around their feet, I added some moss, some floristry grass and a few little Bouquet Findings flowers, which I misted with a little Antique Linen Spray Stain to just remove some of the whiteness of the flowers.

To complete the frame, I added an idea-ology Factory Tag at the top, complete with Hardware Heads. I accentuated the wording using Speckled Egg Distress Paint, applied directly to the metal before wiping away the excess, just allowing the paint to sit inside the recessed wording.
We're nearly there and all that's left is the Let's Go Fly A Kite wording and for this I used the Alphanumeric Bold Thinlits die set to cut some blue coloured card from the Classic Kraft Card Stash. 
I then layered each letter onto a die cut of gold metallic kraft stash card to create a drop shadow before attaching the letters to the background of my framed panel, placing them beneath the shelf that the characters are standing on.
...and that is the finishing touch to my Mary Poppins inspired panel.

I really hope you've loved this project and for all the lovely people who've contacted me, I hope you've enjoyed the walk through the process of how it was created.

As always, if you've been inspired by anything that you see here on my blog, please just tag me on my social media or leave a message so I can pop by to take a look ~ I always love to see your work!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Stampers Anonymous: Scallop Etcetera Trims
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Speckled Egg, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen
Distress Spray Stain: Antique Linen
Distress CrayonsSpeckled Egg, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain

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