Monday 20 October 2014

Box of Tricks ~ Anything Goes Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

It's the start of a new week and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and I think this week will be a popular one as it's ANYTHING GOES! No rules, just be creative and we can't wait to see what you make!

Me? Well, you know by now that I LOVE Halloween and as the 31st October approaches, I was in the mood to create another little project incorporating an ATB (Artist Trading Block) and all that's fun and spooktacular about this time of year! As always, I hope you love my box of tricks and I really look forward to reading all your comments!
So, how did I make it?
Well, to begin with I've used the wonderful Eileen Hull die to create an ATB which is the perfect base for all my decorations that I will be adding to it!
I cut a piece of card to size from the Tim Holtz Motif Resist cardstock pack, inked the pieces with Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and then attached the individual pieces to each side of the block.

To complete the block and give it that real vintage feel, I added some box corners to each of the four corners on the base.
I then made a rosette using Tim Holtz's Rosette die and another strip of the Motif Resist cardstock inked with Distress Inks and added this to the front panel of my block.
Now for the fun part of decorating the top section and to begin with, I crackled three Corked Vial bottles using the Multi Medium and Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint method that Tim Holtz explains how to do, on page 54 of the Compendium of Curiosities Vol III. Once each bottle. Once the crackle had appeared, I then applied alcohol ink with a blending tool to each bottle to give a vintage, worn look before applying Remnant  Rubs to vial labels and adding them to each bottle.
I also used the same crackle method onto one of the corked dome before adding Distress Glitter and some of the Wishbones inside the dome and applying the "Bone Dust" Remnant Rub onto the outside.
I placed the bottles over the top of a piece of cheesecloth, which I dyed with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain and added some bats, (the die that I used is now unfortunately discontinued but any bat die will be perfect for this project) die cut from Grungepaper, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and attached to wire. At this stage, I also added some black flowers to one of the bottles to look like they were in a vase but I tore away some of the petals and scattered them onto the finished arrangement.
The number "31" is from Tim's Letterpress Set and I added Wild Honey Distress Paint to accentuate the numbers before adding this to the top of my block. Finally, I added some Wishbones which I cut in half.
Finally, I used another of the die cut bats and placed this on the front of the rosette, and added one of the crossbones adornments to the centre.
...and that, completes my Halloween box of tricks!
If you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the 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!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Paper Rosette Strip Die
Distress Stain: Frayed Burlap
Distress Glitter: Antique Linen
From my stash: Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Bat & Skull die set by Tim Holtz


  1. love the box and all the bottles and jars Emma! Stunning as usual!

  2. Stunning work as always Emma... What an inspiration you are! X

  3. I love the cork that looks like it is about to fall off the box! Great flying bats and altogether a fabulous box of trix!

  4. Your Halloween ATB is gorgeous Emma! I love the use of the letterpress and the flying bats are genius. Thanks for sharing such a superb project. :)

  5. Just fabulous Emma! Putting me in the mood for Halloween! 🎃 xx

  6. This is utterly fabulous Emma, I love everything about it!

  7. Emma your ATB box is absolutely stunning. Love all the details you added. The embellishment has just the right placement and the amount is not overwhelming. The way you added these bats on wire really draw your attention. Genius !!!!! Gorgeous work and very decorative and inspiring.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica.... Spain

  8. Am I dreaming? This is fabulous! Love all of your ideas and how you arranged everything. Bone dust - ashes to ashes - dust to dust!
    Sandy xx

  9. awesome and halloween is not my fave, but you are slowly converting me over. you rock xx

  10. Spookylicious X
    Fabby make as always Emma xxx

  11. I am always intrigued at what you've whipped up and your attention to detail never ceases to amaze. LOVE this on so many levels and those vials are especially incredible. Well done, yet again!!

  12. What an awesome table topper!!! Love the bats

  13. wow Emma-this is positively gorgeous!!

  14. This is amazing, Emma! Love this gorgeous Halloween box! So much detail! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  15. Love many fun details....just absolutely SPOOK-TAC-ULAR!!!

  16. Oh Emma this is such an elegant Halloween creation. Love how that resist paper has worked with the spooky colours and the collection of bottles works a treat. Jenny x

  17. Such a gorgeous creation, Emma. Love all the beautiful details. :)

  18. Stunning piece Emma!!!! Pinned, that's a wonderful work! BArbarayaya

  19. Phenomenal! I just love the way the bats flowing out of the bottles! Brilliant ATB!


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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