Monday 28 July 2014

"J Is For...." ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

We have a fun new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week the challenge is called ~ "J Is For...."

So, what is J for...will you choose July, jump rings, jewel or journaling. We challenge you to be inspired by the letter J and can't wait to see your interpretation of our theme.

Me? Well, I chose J for...journey and created this passport style card for my project. As always, I hope you love what I've made and can't wait to read all your comments!
...and here's what I did:

To begin with I created this tri fold book card from kraft card and used a corner punch to round off the corners of each tiered section of the card.
I then needed to make my backgrounds, and for this I used Manila card and "swooshed" each piece of card through Tea Dye, Antique Bronze, Old Paper and Brushed Corduroy Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and spritzed with water. I picked up every last bit of the stain from the sheet to create these gorgeous marbled backgrounds before drying them with a heat tool. I then used Walnut Stain Distress Ink through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil to apply some detail onto each piece of inked card, distressed and inked the edges and then attached them to each of the five pages of the card.
For the cover, I used the Mini Jalopy Die and die cut the car from chipboard before painting it with Black Soot Distress Paint. I added this to the cover with an Artful Arrow, die cut from chipboard covered with metal foil tape and applied various colours of Distress Paint over the top to give a really worn, rusty look but still keeping the shine.
As embellishments, I attached some Film Ribbon tape, Sprocket Gears, Mini Gears and some various nails and washers that I had in my "one day, these will come in useful" box! To complete it, I added some Remnant Rubs and stamped the date and stars.
For the second and third page in the book, I used the Sizzix Gadget Gears die to die cut chipboard, which I then painted with Walnut Stain Distress Paint before embossing each of the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder.
I still needed to get more rust onto each piece and for this, I added small amounts of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top of the powder.
I attached the gears onto the page, together with some Tissue Tape, various items from the Expedition Ephemera pack and added another Remnant Rub and an Idea-Ology Tab File.

On page four, I added some more Tissue Tape and stamped the word, Miscellaneous.
For the final page in the book, I stamped the Tim Holtz verse onto the centre and doodled a line around the verse. A few Black Soot paint splats and a piece of Tissue Tape completes this page.

To keep the book together, I hand dyed some Crinkle Ribbon using Distress Stains and wrapped it around the two back pages of the book, leaving the front page to fall open. I kept the ribbon in place by attaching a Hinge Clip, aged with Distress Paints, a Swivel Clasp and a Philosophy Tag to hang freely down the side.
So, that's it from me for this week and I really hope you've enjoyed my photo tutorial and loved my project because I had so much fun making this. 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:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamps ~ Live The Life, Script Stars and Miscellaneous
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain
Archival Ink ~ Black


  1. This project is stunning! I love it in all its details, as always fantastic! BArbarayaya

  2. Wonderful Emma, really adore your work. Might be a bit of casing on the way, hope that's ok! (Will reference you of course! ). The little details are great, the arrow, the rusty cogs..... Nikki xxx

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Nikki and of course, if you want to case it...then I would be thrilled and honoured that I've inspired you to make your own version!! I'll look forward to seeing it and hope you have as much fun creating it, as I had making mine!! :)

      Thanks again... xxx

  3. What a beautiful little book! Love the different sizes of the pages, and the vintage look is so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  4. Your little book is brilliant Emma, I love the gorgeous backgrounds you created on the pages with the stains, the layout is wonderful and the little jalopy qualifies for a 'j' too. Anne x

  5. This is way too clever Emma. xx Very lovely indeed xx

  6. LOVE LOVE the layers in the card. Now my mind is running of different ideas. Beautiful inspiration!

  7. You are just talented beyond words - this is amazing

  8. wonderful, wonderful - just the jump start I needed today Emma. Love all the layers you created with such a simple base.

  9. This is such an awesome creation for documenting journey. Love the fabulous vintage color scheme. :)

  10. An amazing project. Would make a special gift for someone! Loved seeing this.

  11. stunning as usual. it is reminding me of another make of yours but can't remember which. loving colour tones xx

  12. This is a fabulous piece of art. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I love the rusty gears, and have yet to be able to get mine to rust so well. I think this would be a great card idea for graduation for my kiddos. I have a few more years to work on it.

  13. You inspired me today. I have never made a card like this before. Would love for you to check it out.

  14. Oh gosh... LOVE AND ADORE this fabulous art work. Fantastic details, great tutorial. You are so amazingly talented !! Thanks a lot for sharing !!!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  15. What a fun little trifold Emma! Love the grungy look! Perfectly embellished!

  16. Such gorgeous card! And every page is a little treasure!

  17. Such a clever idea for a card Emma! Love the construction here and all the inky pages and gears and embellishments.

  18. I'm late commenting but no less wondering HOW you do it, thinking up so MANY intricate and CLEVER designs. Truly Ah-mazing, Ms Williams xx

  19. An incredible design! I love the inky effects and your details are so brilliant.

  20. Love this piece, Emma! The dimension is beyond fantastic!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  21. This is fabulous, as usual! I especially like how it has three layers. So fun to peek inside at what the next page has to offer. Very cool structure and the attention to detail is exquisite. I especially like the "journey" pennant hanging down off the side!

  22. What a wonderful layered booklet - so full of vintage detailing and beautifully done!
    Alison xx

  23. fabulous as always!!!

  24. Fabulous card, love all the details.

  25. I am really happy with your blog because your article is very unique and powerful for new reader.
    Sprocket Gears


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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