Monday 28 April 2014

A Ray Of Sunshine ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello friends...

Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's theme has been chosen by the very talented Anna-Karin and is called...NOT SO MELLOW YELLOW! So basically, whether we're talking about soft butterfy yellow to electric neon, the challenge is inspired by the colour yellow and I really hope you'll join us.

For my piece, I created an Artist's Journal. I absolutely adore stationery of all kind and from a very young age, I've bought every quirky notebook, journal and stationery set that has ever been sold but what can be more satisfying than making your own...and here it is!! As always, I hope you love it...
To begin with I took the WRMK chipboard and gave it a good coating of gesso, back and front. I then started the fun part of adding the paint, first I gave it a covering of Nougat Fresco Finish, mixed with a touch of Snowflake and then once that was dry, I started adding Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw Distress Paint along the top section of the front and back covers. I then gave it a good spritz of water and let that paint drip down. Once I was happy with those gorgeous drips, I then dry brushed some of the Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw paint all over the covers until the desired colour was achieved.
I now needed to add some interest onto the covers and for this I chose to use the Dot Fade, (my all time favourite Layering far) and the PaperArtsy Lin Brown Eclectica 3 stencil and applied Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through the stencils onto random areas of the front cover but leaving a central section clear for the bird which I will stamp later. 
Once the paste was dry, I added some colour over the top with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and then, used the same ink and applied it through the Dot Fade stencil onto the cover. I added gentle flicks of Black Soot Distress Paint, some torn Tissue Tape and a few inked lines before attaching the Idea-Ology corners onto the book cover to complete it.
Next, I stamped the swallow from the Bird Feather Stamp set by Tim Holtz into the central section that I left clear using black Archival Ink and then coloured it with Distress Marker Pens.
I then used the Honeycomb Frameworks Sizzix die from Tim Holtz, to die cut Grungepaper and painted the surface of the honeycomb with Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Paint before attaching it to the right hand side of my book cover.
To create the flower, I used the Tattered Florals die, coloured the petals with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and layered them together to create the dimensional bloom. I used an old snowflake punch from my collection to create the stamens in the flowers and added a pearl. I attached the flower onto the bottom corner of my cover, together with a piece of driftwood from my stash, some Crinkle Ribbon, dyed with Bundled Sage Distress Stain, foliage which was die cut from the Garden Greens die and painted with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Paints and last but not least, a couple of decorative pins. 
The next stage was to add a few Remnant Rubs from the Botanical set and I added these to the cover and also inside the cut out sections of the Frameworks die. One of which I added onto a piece of Grungeboard which was covered with Metal Foil tape.
To complete my cover, I added some Alpha Chip tiles and an Idea-Ology Arrow.
The final addition to creating the pages of this book was to stamp on the inside of the pages, which I'd cut to size from linen and watercolour paper and for this I used the Artist's Journal stamp from the Classic Stamp set by Tim Holtz.

So, now I've got all my pages and need to bind them together and for this, I used the The Cinch from We R Memory Keepers. As finishing touches, I added some twine onto the wires down the side and a Philosophy tag attached to a Swivel Clasp.

So, I really hope you've enjoyed the process of how I made this artist journal book and that you loved what I've shared today, just as much as I loved creating it. As always, for more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my 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....
Products used:

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps ~ Bird Feather and Classics 1
Distress Stain ~ Bundled Sage
Distress Inks ~ Walnut Stain and Mustard Seed
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints ~ Nougat and Snowflake

Driftwood and decorative pins are from my stash

Thank you so much for all your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for Emma xx


  1. I most especially love the paint drips of yellow and the textures you used - amazing project as always!

  2. Morning Emma, I love your Journal, it's gorgeous. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Your attention to detail is amazing. xx

  3. Good Morning Emma. What a wonderful journal cover. Now I will look at yellow in a different light. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. What a beautiful journal, why would you ever need to buy another one! Jx

  5. This is absolutely adorable and so stunningly beautiful, Emma! Saw it over at SS and had to come over to give it some more closer looks! Also huge congrats on being blogworthy again! Well deserved!!!!

    Claudia x

  6. Love it Emma! I really love the sunny yellow with touches of blue. Brings a little sunshine to my day Hugs Helen x

  7. Emma, what a fabulous project. I love that you've made something yellow that isn't all spring flowers and sunshine. Yellow can be grungy!!! Love it. Jean.x

  8. Yummy yummy! Love the gorgeous dripping of yellow and then the bird soaring on the cover. Beautiful!

  9. This is such a gorgeous piece. Love those beautiful embellishments and textures you created. Wonderful :)

  10. Emma this is just spectacular. i am always in awe in front of your creations. i'm gob smacked xx

  11. Gorgeous Emma, I love the drips of paint and the delicate touches of black. Gorgeous flowers and I love the added frameworks. The swallow looks fantastic. Enjoy your week sweetie. Tracy x

  12. Stunning, Emma. I hope you will also enjoy using your journal and that it isn't going to be just for show. Even though it deserves to be in a glass display case!

  13. So gorgeous!!!

  14. Beautiful journal cover Emma! Love the inky background and all the texture! The blossom is gorgeous!

  15. What a gorgeous journal cover Emma! Love the background and all the perfect special details. I too loved little notebooks growing up (and still do!).

  16. so full of beauty! LOVE IT!

  17. Oh Emma, totally stunning....x

  18. Gorgeous piece, Emma! Love the drippage! The texture is so pretty too! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Very pretty! I always have to take a second look at your projects. You have so many pretty elements! That flower you created is a work of art in itself. Love it!

  20. Emma I like all your works! I love your style, clean but grunge and vintage at the same time! I am a queen of mess and so I greatly admire your projects! This too like everyone else is wonderful! BArbarayaya

  21. Emma, what a BEAUTY this is!
    Well done!

  22. Wow, loving all that drippage... a gorgeous springtime make!
    Alison x

  23. Emma, this is absolutely gorgeous! Love all the elements coming together on this cover.

  24. What a beautiful journal! I can't imagine anything that would be more inspiring to write and draw in than this masterpiece! I especially liked how it was bound with only a few wire loops. It gives it a unique look. As always, you have also included fantastic layers and dimension. Really lovely piece!


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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