Monday, 3 November 2014

The Good 'Ol Days ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today, is the start of this week's brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and it's all about "The Good 'Ol Days". We want you to take a walk down memory lane and whether you'd like to create a classic vintage project or try a technique you used to use ~ we want to see how you are inspired by days gone by!

Now that Halloween is over and we are heading towards Christmas, I decided to make a card that would encapsulate a traditional vintage Christmas and I was thrilled with how this card turned out. I actually think it's one of my all time favourites ~ I'm "that" happy with it and I hope you'll love it too!
So, here's how I created it...

To begin with I made a 18 x 20cm card blank from kraft card and inked the edges with Picket Fence Distress Stain. I then cut a matt of the gorgeous red and white candy striped paper from the Tim Holtz Paper Stash, inked and tore it around the edges before matting it onto layers of black, then white paper before mounting it onto the front of my card.

Now for the image and for this, I started with a piece of Manila cardstock and I applied various colours of Distress Stain onto my craft sheet. I misted the stains with water and then swiped my card through the stains to pick up the colour. After heat drying the card, I then went back to pick up any residue on the mat.
Next, I inked up the Music Score stamp from the Festive Sounds stamp set and stamped directly onto the inked background. I machine stitched around the edge of the card before distressing it lightly to give a more worn feel, spritzing it lightly with a Black Soot Distress Marker Pen and the Distress Marker Spritzer and then, mounted the music score background onto my covered card blank.
I then used one of my favourite dies, the Victorian Carolers to die cut Black Soot Core'dinations cardstock. I sanded the edges of the figures and attached them with foam pads.
I inked up some more Manila card using the same colours of Distress Stain and stamped the Christmas Carol wording onto it before cutting carefully cutting it out around the outline. I added this to my card, again using foam pads.
Finally, I added a crinkle ribbon bow that I had dyed with Festive Berries Distress Stain and placed this onto the front of my card, together with some die cut holly leaves, foliage and paper string.

As a finishing touch, I added a vintage button from my stash and a Snowflake adornment.
...and that completes my Good 'Ol Days Christmas card!
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 and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Victorian Carolers, Mini Pine Tree and Holly Movers and Shapers Die from my own collection, Festive Greenery Strip Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: Festive Sounds


  1. Oh Emma you've done it again I absolutely love this ...the combo between the die cuts and the stamps is gorgeous. xxxx

  2. Straight out of a Dickens novel! Love how you blended this together into a beautiful Christmas card!

  3. What an absolutely stunning card Emma. Might have to pinch this idea - it's gorgeous.

    Sarah x

  4. What a lovely card! I adore the Carolers!!!!!

  5. Oh wow Emma! I can see why you are "that" happy, it's beautiful! It makes me want to curl up with a hot chocolate and watch Christmas films. LOVE LOVE LOVE. :)

  6. You have put me in the mood for the upcoming holiday. Just beautiful.

  7. Oh my, this is beautiful Emma! Love the vintage look of this card. I can see why it's a favorite!

  8. What a gorgeous Christmas card! Love the carolers and the beautiful bow! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Beautiful card , you are amazingly talented . I wish I bump on you one day in London, so I can tell you that in person dear Emma :)

  10. such a vintagey feel to this. so beautiful. has an heirloom feel to it xx

  11. LOVE these silhouettes and the way you outlined them :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Lovely Christmas card. You used those caroler dies perfectly!

  13. I love vintage carolers, especially when they're alive and singing! Ha. You did a great job on your card. I really like the depth of the images.

  14. Gorgeous Vintage Christmas card Emma! Love all the distressing and beautiful bow! The snowflake metal trinket adds such a wonderful touch!

  15. I love your card, it was very inspiring!

  16. Such a beautiful Christmas card, Emma. I love those gorgeous vintage colors and distressed effect. :)

  17. Your cards are so amazing! This is vintage goodness as its finest. Love the layering and the bold striped frame. Glorious!

  18. as always !!!! Wonderful card, amazing details!!!! BArbarayaya

  19. I love silhouettes, so this caught my eye right away. Beautifully done. I love the classic composition. And the red & white stripes are wonderful!!! Just the right amount of holiday fun.

  20. Gorgeous layers (as always) and that bow is so unique! I would've never thought to mix ribbon with Baker's Twine and holly leaves! Your brain must be constantly in "innovation overload" mode because I see something new and awesome every time I swing by!

  21. Super pretty card Emma! Love the background and the embellishment collection. That is a favourite die of mine too.


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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