Monday, 7 April 2014

It's A Journey ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

As always, the start of a new week means the start of a new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week was one that I really enjoyed working on, it was such a fun process to make this tag and to work on the awesome challenge theme ~ IT'S A JOURNEY! So, are we talking about your own creative journey, process, life in general? Or will it be all about your next vacation? This word is so inspiring it conjures up so many images and thoughts and we can't wait to see how you interpret it...

...and this is how I interpreted it! As always, I really hope you love what I've made and enjoy the post!
So, to begin with I took a large size 12, size 8 and size 5 Manila tag and "swooshed" them through Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stains to soak up all the lovely colours that I applied to my craft sheet, covering the backs and fronts of the tags. I gave the tags a quick blast of heat to dry them, folded the large tag in half and then started to add some interest to the backgrounds of each of them by applying Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the Dot Fade, Rays and Harlequin Layering Stencils.

To add even more interest to the large tag, I then used the text stamp  and clock from the Going Somewhere set and stamped onto random areas, inside and out, and then stamped the cogs from the Time Travellers set, before I completed the background by adding a few paint splatters, which I flicked over the tag.
I now had all my tags ready for action and starting with the small one, I stamped the quote from the Going Somewhere stamp set onto the front of it and then added some Tissue Tape before attaching it to the front of the large folded tag, slightly overlapping the top. 
I then die cut the Vintage Globe from Grungeboard and painted it with Distress Paints...
...and added this to the front of the tag card, together with a Pen Nib attached to a wooden BBQ skewer and a small Idea-ology Glass Vial bottle which was crackled with Rock Candy Crackle Paint, coloured with Alcohol Inks and then had a little Fragile Remant Rub added.
Now for the inside of the card and I took the inked size 8 tag and stamped "Enjoy The Journey" quote at the bottom before adding the stamped compass image from the Classics 1 stamp set, which I coloured with Distress Marker pens. 
To complete the tag, I added Laboratorie Tissue Tape and an arrow from the Industrious Stickers before attaching the tag to the inside. 
Finally, I used Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Broken China Distress Stain to complete the tag with a stamped and crinkled ticket pinned to the centre.

So, I really hope you've loved my little journey around the world and 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:

Distress Inks ~ Walnut Stain
Layering Stencils ~ Rays, Dot Fade and Harlequin
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks ~ Metallic Mixative Gold and Mountain Rose
Manila Tags ~ Size 5, Size 8 and Size 12
Twine 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. Rather old girl, brilliant journey don't cha know! Tags are rather wonderful too. Always enjoy your creative process and the journey it takes you on.

    Fantastic ArT:-) xxx

  2. This is quite simply amazing Emma , I love doing tags, not so intimidating to work on a smaller size for me, great inspiration as always xx

  3. A fantastic design beautifully executed Emma. I love the finish you've given the globe. Jenny x

  4. Wow this is gorgeous!!! I love it!!

  5. Fabulous card!! LOVE it!!!!

  6. LOVE! The angles of the tags is what drew me in as it offered such a lovely design and then the embellishments are wow!

  7. What a fabulous tag card! Love that it's all layered of tags! Brilliant ! Hugs, Sandra

  8. lovely creation incorporating so many techniques and elements. beautifully laid out xx

  9. Super cool, Emma! I love all the dimension and layers!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. That's wonderful! I love all the different layers.

  11. Fabulous Emma, almost looks like a mini book. Love it

  12. So so impressive Emma, this is absolutely fabulous. Nicola x

  13. So cool Emma! What a fun and interactive project! Love all the tags and pockets!

  14. This is gorgeous Emma! Love the interactive nature of this piece and all the backgrounds are wonderful. Lovely colours too!

  15. Emma in this work, i love every every detail! It's a wonderful piece! I love colours and stamps that you've used, i love the design, I love layers of stencils inside your project! Amazing! BArbarayaya

  16. What a wonderful inspiration of " IT'S A JOURNEY ".

  17. This is such a gorgeous creation, Emma. Love all those beautiful patterns and colors. Wonderful design! :)

  18. Emma, Emma! Your pieces always make me just stare at the computer screen for several minutes as I soak in all of your amazing details. As usual, there is so much to love and be inspired by in this piece. Some of my favorite components are the "Fragile" bottle and the pen nib attached to a stick. You did an amazing job and made me want to jump on a plane or a boat or a bus and go somewhere fabulous!

  19. Well, this is indeed most fabulous! I love the combination of tags and the feature of the globe!


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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