Monday 18 January 2016

Best Friends...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Can you believe that we're nearly three weeks into January? Where do these days go? At this rate, it will soon be Christmas again!!!

But back to the challenge and this week's theme is all about BEST FRIENDS! Whether you celebrate your friendship with a card or a scrapbook layout, maybe a journal page showing your appreciation or maybe your best friend is your partner and you want to make them a Valentine's Day card ~ whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along with us...

For my project, I decided to have some fun and when it comes to fun, there's nothing better than those crazy birds by Tim Holtz! I created a large tag shaped card with a vaudeville theme, using a couple of "Tweethearts" who I've fondly named, Rosie and Harry!

To begin with, I cut a panel of kraft card, 14 x 20cm and created a tag shaped card. I inked around the edge of the tag and then lightly dabbed some Picket Fence Distress Paint onto it. Next, I cut a panel of manila cardstock, large enough for my background and for my message and used Tim's wrinkle free distress technique using Antique Linen, Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Corduroy and Picket Fence Distress Stains to create my neutral, vintage background! I then cut down the inked card to create a background panel and a piece that I could stamp the Wonderful Life quote onto.

I took the larger inked panel and machine stitched around the outside with black cotton before  distressing the edges and matting it onto a piece of white card that I edged using Evergreen Bough Distress Paint to give me the perfect co-ordinating piece of coloured card stock.

I mounted the matted layers onto the kraft tag, using foam pads for dimension and slightly curled the corner for more of a vintage shabby feel.
Ink up the Wonderful Life quote with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp onto the smaller panel of inked card.
Add some random stitches around the edge and use a credit card to make paint scratches.
I matted the quote onto a piece of gold metallic kraft core card and then attached it to the front of my tag with more foam pads.

Now for Rosie and Harry ~ I stamped the characters and the accessories onto watercolour card, coloured them all with Distress Marker Pens and then die cut using the co-ordinating die sets. Once I'd layered all the pieces together, I attached them onto a base of inked cheesecloth and some twine that I'd previously wrapped around the backing card.

I then added a adornment arrow and mini sprocket gear altered with Treasure Gold Gilding Wax.
Finally, I dyed some crinkle ribbon with Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain and tied the ribbon into a scruffy bow, which I threaded through a hole I made in the top of my tag and as the finishing touch, I added two Tiny Tattered Florals, cut from Core'Dinations card stock...
...which completes my fun tag, perfect for that special person in your life!
As always, if you need any further 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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Just click on the link below to go shopping:

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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 Punches: Tiny Tattered Florals, Bird Crazy, Crazy Things
Tim Holtz Stamps: Bird Crazy, Crazy Things, Wonderful Life
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough
Cheesecloth from my own stash


  1. What a wonderful clever interpretation of the theme 'Best Friends' Emma designed and executed in your usual exceptional creative style.
    Rosie and Harry are 'spruced up' beautifully and the sentiment is just perfect . Love your chosen colour palette too .
    A real heart warming creation ... Awwww!
    Big hugs xx

  2. Oh man girl!! I just love this! It's so stinkin' cute! TFS!!

  3. Fabulous, just plain fabulous! I love it ALLLLL!

  4. Lovely Emma, love the two tone ribbon and machine stitching. Love how you interpreted the theme. Tracy x

  5. Gorgeous! I love how you dress up these birds in their outfits! Perfect choice for friends! I think I must have been channeling your beautiful project from last week when I was creating this week!

  6. aww Rosie and harry are super cute! I love the whole design of this Emma, it really made me smile, absolutely adorable :-)

    Lols x x x

  7. Emma your projects are always perfect!
    Hugs xx ZOey

  8. Stunning!! One of my favorite songs and I love this his and hers accessories for the birds :D

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. gorgeous ... love all your details!

  10. Stunning! Everything is perfect!Love Rosie & Harry and the fabulous sentiment, I'll be singing the song all day now!

  11. Wow, I love your card. It is totally awesome and of course we all love those birdies. Yours are tweet tweet sweet!

  12. Wow, I love your card. It is totally awesome and of course we all love those birdies. Yours are tweet tweet sweet!

  13. another gorgeous make. i do love that pair. they made me smile. a bit reminiscent of hubbie and me. great details as usual, hugs xx

  14. I think this might be the best crazy birds I've ever seen! Just fantastic!

  15. Wow, this card is so beautiful and so adorable!!!

  16. As if I needed another reason to love those crazy birds! Your cards are amazing, Emma!

  17. Beautiful card, love those crazy birds :)

  18. I absolutely love this Emma!

  19. Emma, love,love,love this! It is so sweet with those darling birds. Great idea with the tag, kind of a card/tag cross over. Such cute tweeties!!

  20. Such a great take on the friend theme Emma! I love the sweet birds, they are perfect and the colouring and details are wonderful. Gorgeous layers as always.

  21. Another creation that made me smile and drool over the detail shots! I think you were so skillful on this to be able to mix the whimsical birds with the sophisticated elements that make up the card. You always hit the perfect balance on whatever you create and your work is a joy to see!

  22. Oh wow Emma. This is so pretty. Love those crazy birds. And how you've dressed them up. So cute. Hugs, Sandra

  23. Such a beautiful and fun creation, Emma. Love the fabulous layers of embellishments and the cute birds. :)

  24. I agree with you! Time goes by so quickly, too quickly... Perfection is the word for your projects! This is absolutely wonderful! love the layers and the stitches, Rosie and Harry are amazing! BArbarayaya

  25. I absolutely LOVE this card


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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