Monday 21 July 2014

A Midsummer's Challenge ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend but hasn't it flown by again?!? Where do these weeks go?

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is ~ A Mid-summer's Challenge. Mid-summer is a time of hot temperatures, long days, longing for more time spent by the water. Whether your creative mind wants to take a vacation or be inspired by Shakespeare and a starry night ~ we challenge you to create and share with us.

For me, the title of mid-summer instantly made me think of a Midsummer's Night Dream with fairies dancing around a garden filled with flowers and fauna. So with this in mind I created my project and as always, I hope you love what I've created. 
To begin with I took a piece of corrugated card, ripped from the side of a box and then started to tear away some of the surface to reveal the corrugation. Once that was done, I applied a layer of PaperArtsy paint, let it dry before applying the Crackle Glaze. Once this layer was dry, I then added a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint over the top and let the crackles appear.
After drying this layer throughly, I added some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through the Stars Tim Holtz Layering Stencil onto random areas of my background. Once the paste had hardened, I then added touches of Gilding Wax over the top.
The Ornate Frame is die cut from chipboard and then painted with Antique Bronze Distress Paint before being spritzed with Prima Color Bloom Gold Foil Spray. I added a piece of card behind the frame and created a cloudy sky on this card using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then attached the frame with foam pads to give it some dimension.
Now to create the garden and for this, I began by die cutting all my petals, using a combination of the Tattered Florals Bigz Die and the Tattered Garland Strip Die. I coloured all my petals using Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks and then layered and shaped them to give each flower dimension. 
The stamens of the flowers are made by using an old Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and layered together before adding a pearl embellishment centre.
I arranged the blooms around the base of the frame, together with some Distress Stained cheesecloth and die cut Garden Green foliage, painted with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress Paints and inked on the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added the Prima Marketing Resin Butterfly and the Angel, (which was in stock when I made the piece but has since become unavailable ~ sorry).

To complete the piece, I used the Love, Wish, Dream stamp and masked off the other words to leave me with "Dream", which I stamped in black Archival Ink onto card, distressed with Distress Ink and attached the banner using a Memo Pin, together with a little die cut birdie from the Mini Bird and Cage Movers and Shapers Die.
I popped some Mirrored Stars into my framed cloudy sky and added some hand dyed vintage ribbon to hang this piece.
I really hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved my interpretation of our challenge theme for this week. As always, if you're looking for some 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....

Thank you so much for all your visits today, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Stain ~ Antique LinenOld Paper
Distress Paint ~ Antiqued Bronze
Archival Ink ~ Black
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch from my stash


  1. So pretty, very fitting for the theme, love all of the detail you always put into your pieces. The snowflake punch for the centre of the flowers is very inventive xx

  2. love this Emma. very ethereal. for me it takes me to the sea...... xx

  3. Very pretty piece Emma! love the corrugated card and the lovely feminine romantic feel to this. Gorgeous flowers and texture too. Tracy x

  4. Wonderful! I love the softness of this creation as well as the beautiful color combination! Thank you for sharing.

  5. So sweet! The flowers do remind me of summer. And I adore the awesome corrugated.

  6. Stunning.....I just love it!

  7. What a beautiful mix of colors and textures! I love what you've done with this piece. I really like how the angel looks so thoughtful and seems to be dreaming with the stars above. Very clever to use the negative space in the frame so effectively. I really like the finished product and it totally nailed the theme!

  8. I love this type of wall hanging... and love the flowers, the corrugated background and all the lovelies all over the entire piece... great work/play... that sweet little angel or cupid is precious too... love this piece... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

  9. Love this piece! The flowers are perfectly placed! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. So pretty Emma! Love all the beautiful blossoms!

  11. this is so very beautiful-love those flowers!!

  12. This is so pretty Emma! It has such a wonderful dreamy fairy garden feeling too it. Love the flowers!

  13. Emma I just ADORE your wall hanging ! Wow... Impressing work. You are so talented ! Love all your different embellishments, flowers, bird, butterfly and the cute cherub... The way you arranged all this together is awesome !!
    Thanks a lot for sharing and spread inspiration !
    Hugs from SPAIN

  14. Wow, what a gorgeous hanging, Emma! Love the flowers en the corrugated cardboard! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  15. So pretty I feel it's like looking into a mirror x

  16. Gorgeous! Love all the beautiful embellishments. :)

  17. This is stunning - I love those beautiful flowers and the gorgeous colours you've used. The embossing paste looks amazing too!

  18. Gorgeous! Sweet cherub amidst the beautiful flowers and the little dream is perfect!

  19. Beautiful hanging! The flowers are amazing! BArbarayaya

  20. This is so pretty! I love the combinations of color here!


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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