Monday, 16 February 2015

A Piece Of Paradise ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and you're now feeling refreshed for the week ahead! Of course, a brand new week means that we have a new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week is all about ~ A Piece Of Paradise!

Are you dreaming of sandy beaches and the sound of ocean waves, of sitting down to read a whole book and of quiet relaxation? Whether you're inspired by a tropical shore, exotic travels or simply want to play around with new technique and be in crafter's paradise ~ this week, we invite you to share your creations and be inspired from a blissful place. Your personal happy place and paradise awaits and so do we ~ as we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, my mind is racing ahead to the summer and those balmy days of sunshine, sand and maybe a little romance and with this in mind, I created a box canvas packed full of ephemera and trinkets together with Tim Holtz die cuts and that gorgeous Found Relative image...
To begin with, I painted the 8' x 8" box canvas with a blend of Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Picket Fence Distress Ink to give me the perfect colour of the ocean. I then added some texture to my background using Texture Paste around the edges, and applying more paste using the Texture Tools to the front of my canvas. 
At this stage I also added some splatters of Gesso, Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray Stain and applied some Glass Glitter adhering it with Texture Gel.

Also, not forgetting the edges of the box, I applied Wendy Vecchi's gold Embossing Paste through a PaperArtsy stencil to give the bubble effect which runs right around the canvas.
Whilst the canvas is drying, I started work on the bits and pieces to add to the front, starting with the seahorse and starfish, which are die cut from Grungeboard, using the Sand and Sea die from Tim Holtz. I then applied blends of Distress Paint over the top before adding a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and allowing that to dry and work it's magic! Once the crackle is dry, I added some Distress Stains in a slightly darker shade to the paints and let that seep into the crackles to highlight them.

The die cuts are then attached to the background, layering them over the top of various pieces of ephemera and a Found Relative photo, with added Remnant Rubs. At this stage I also added a ticket behind the photo, adding a Remnant Rub and a Hinge Clip.
I now just wanted to create a real feel of a cluster of vintage elements and for this, I just added layer upon layer of rusty wire, Sprocket Gears, a Faucet Knob and some real sea shells, one of which I popped a pearl into!
I also added a piece of driftwood, a Word Band and then, tucked in some pieces of real moss, netting and linen ribbon.

Finally, it needed one more thing and the perfect addition was the Prima Typo Bulb which I popped in the top right hand corner.
...and that completes my Piece of Paradise project and as always, I hope you've loved what I've created and that it's inspired you ahead of our challenge!
Of course, don't forget that 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 Dies: Sand And Sea Bigz Die
Distress Spray Stains: Antiqued Bronze
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany
Cheesecloth, box canvas, rusty wire, sea shells and moss from my own stash


  1. Amazing, I love all the little details you add xx

  2. so fun, Emma! Great composition & details. As always, LOVE!

  3. It's impressive!! I love all the details! Great job! Congratulations!

  4. Fabulous! So many wonderful details but my favorite is the touch of driftwood with the souvenir charm.

  5. Gorgeous canvas Emma! I love all the different textures and the glass glitter works so well with the lovely vintage beach theme you've created. You've inspired me to have a go. :)

  6. Hmmmm - I feel like booking a flight to get me to a sunny beach!! Terrific canvas with brilliant detailing. Nicola x

  7. Stunning canvas! Love all the beatiful details.

  8. Loving the colors, the crackle and all the fun elements of this wonderful piece! I am ready to go there! TFS!

  9. Oh dear.. What an awesome bunch of fabulous details. You can keep on letting your eyes wandering and still find new details. Love how you incorporated all this lovely stuff. Thanks a lot for sharing your art.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  10. Such a pretty project Emma! Lovin' the vintage photo and all the beach treasures!

  11. Gorgeous canvas, Emma! love the beach theme! The shells and the other embellies look amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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  14. Totally stunning, Emma! I love all the detailing... just the perfect embellishments :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. a treasure of a canvas. so detailed and yet so delicate. love it, hugs xx

  16. Oh, your canvas is beautiful, Emma. Love all the beautiful embellishments on it! :)

  17. gorgeous canvas! Especially I love your use of Texture tools, beautiful, absolutely beautiful, they give a different touch on your work! So original!!! Great project as always! Barbarayaya

  18. This is wonderful Emma!! Love all the different details and elements on the canvas and the background is gorgeous too.

  19. This piece is so fantastic! The colors were so refreshing- I love how they conveyed the soft beauty of the ocean, but they also had plenty of POP! You framed the photo with so many interesting elements. I always find myself carefully looking over every one of your pictures because there are so many clever details to see. It's always a pleasure to see what you've come up with!


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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