Monday 16 November 2015

Giving Thanks...

Hey everyone and welcome to a new week and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is all about Giving Thanks and at this time of year, the words "grateful" and "thanks" come up a, with this in mind, we can't wait to see how you interpret our theme and what you create!

For me, I am so grateful for the love of family and friends and created a piece of home decor that would stand proud in my home and be on display for everyone to see!

...and here's how I made it!

I've had Tim's Flip Frame for ages and been meaning to use create something with it but just never got around to it...until now and I thought this was the perfect opportunity and was so pleased with how it turned out!

I started by cutting a piece of mount board to measure 3.25" x 5". I applied a coat of gesso over the surface and heat dried it. I then attached some torn pieces of Tissue Wrap over the top using Glue N' Seal to hold it in place.

Once the medium was dry, I used Antique Linen, Fossilised Amber and Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top, spritzing the paints with water to blend the colours together. Heat dry again before adding some more colour using Antiqued Bronze. I always dry each individual layer of paint before moving onto the next stage.

I then added strips of Tissue Tape before adding some Texture Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil. Finally, once the paste is dry, I spritzed the entire background with Color Bloom Gold Spray and just let the ink move around to create drips and splatters.
So that I could hang my panel on the frame, I punched two holes in the top left and right hand corners and added some eyelets before setting it aside to thoroughly dry and moving on to making some leaves.

For the leaves, I started by spritzing a piece of Manila card using Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Spray Stains. I dried the card thoroughly and then used the gorgeous Layered Leaf die to die cut and emboss two leaves. At this stage, I also used the Fall Foliage dies to die cut more leaves, which I ended up not needing but they are now ready for a future project!

Once all my leaves were cut, I inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and spritzed them with Perfect Pearls Biscotti Spray Mist! Whilst the leaves are still slightly damp, I then shaped them to create a more natural look!

I attached my large layered leaves and some smaller Fall Foliage to the background together with a piece of natural foliage.

I love creating dimension on my work and as you can see, there is plenty on this panel!
I then coloured some Crinkle Ribbon using the stunning Wilted Violet Distress Stain and once the ribbon was dry, I tied it into a scruffy bow and attached the bow and a Gumdrop to my leaf arrangement.

Finally, I added a Small Talk Sticker and some Remnant Rubs directly onto the background.

Now...all that's left for me to do, is hang my panel on my Flip Frame and place it in my hallway for everyone to see!

I really hope you've enjoyed how this piece came together and loved the finished project!

As always, if you need inspiration for this challenge, then you need look no further than our 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....
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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 and Texture Fades: Fall FoliageLayered Leaf and Texture Fade 
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Stain: Wilted Violet
Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized AmberSpiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade
Surfaces: Manila Card

Mount board and natural foliage from my own stash


  1. Oh so elegant! What a beautiful fall display!

  2. Beautiful wall art Emma! I just LOVE the whole design of this! absolutely gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Beautiful, very thankful for knowing you xx

  4. purple and orange are a fun combo! :)

  5. Emma, downright awesome piece! I am sure it will find a place of honor in your home. Love the wonderful textured background you created and the build up of your layers. It looks wonderful in that frame! Hugs!

  6. Beautiful Emma! That pop of purple with the orange leaves is very striking. The texture and layers add so much.

  7. Stunning flip frame, Emma! The leaves pop even more with the wilted violet crinkle ribbon. WOW!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. this is stunning Emma. you've done it again. so much detail and texture. ace, hugs xx

  9. This project is such a wonderful way to give thanks Emma, the leaves are beautiful and I do love the Wilted Violet contrast. Mine has been in the box for ages too, I think I need to get it out and do something with it now! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Fabulous background and treatment of the leaf. This is truly gorgeous.

  11. this is wonderful Emma. Such great colors and textures. Never would have thought to use Wilted Violet!

  12. I don't know what words use to comment your projects! They are only masterpieces! Wilted violet is the incredible idea, it gives an original detail and a classy touch to this work! BArbarayaya

  13. Love your gorgeous creation, Emma. The leaves are so beautiful. I love the pretty texture on the background, too. :)

  14. What an absolutely elegant piece that still has a pop of pow (see how you you inspire me? I've never ever used the term "pop of pow" before)! I really like the purple ribbon and how you have that skill to make traditional things still look totally unique. You've done it again, Emma!

  15. This is so pretty, Emma! Love the gorgeous leaves and purple bow! Amazing fall home decor piece! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs, Sandra

  16. This is absolutely stunning Emma! I love the textured background you created and the leaves are wonderful. The purple bow adds a perfect touch.

  17. An absolutely stunning piece of Home decor ! Emma Your background is incredible full of texture , detail and gentle earthy hues and could in itself stand alone as work of art . Your leaves are equally fabulous in texture and richness and love how you have added in some natural foliage . Thank you Emma hugs xx


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Emma ~xx

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