Monday, 15 February 2016

Hello Spring

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Our theme for this week is RECYCLING and we can't wait to see what you will create!

As with most homes, I have so much cardboard from packaging or from household waste and I will admit, I do always tend to keep some of this packaging, for those "just in case" moments! And here is that moment because for my project I finally got around to using some of that old chipboard packaging and a cardboard tube that I had leftover from the wrapping paper at Christmas and with some Distress Paint and die cuts, I turned it into a vintage cotton spool, which I then decorated using die cuts and papers from Tim Holtz.

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

To begin with, I cut down the long cardboard tube to a piece, approx 5". I then used the circle die cut to cut pieces of chipboard packaging which I layered to create a strong base and top for my faux spool. I punched a small hole in the centre of each of the circles and then attached them to my tube using Glossy Accents.
Once the "spool" was completely dry and there was no chance of it falling to bits, I added a coat of Gesso over the top, allowed this to dry before moving onto making it look like wood.

To create the wood grain effect, I chose to use Distress Paints and started with a layer of Walnut Stain, drying it with a heat gun and then adding another layer to create a good solid base. I then dry brushed and layered the following paints over the top ~ Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze and Ground Espresso. Once I was happy with the effect, I dried off the paint layers before adding a final light wash of Walnut Stain over the top of all the layers.
I dried the painted spool thoroughly before adding a touch of Gilding Wax and then coating the whole piece in Multi Medium.

Now for the fun part of decorating and for this, I wrapped a piece of my favourite striped paper from the Dapper paper stash around the column of the spool. I then dyed some crinkle dyed using Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain and vintaged it up a little with some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I then tied the ribbon into a bow, placing it around the top section of the spool
I added a vintage Mother of Pearl button, a Typed Token and some chain to hang down from the bow.
For the arrangement on the top of the spool, I used the beautiful Detailed Butterflies die which is a must have piece in your die collection ~ it is stunning! The top section is die cut from black Kraft Core Core'dinations card and I dabbed small amounts of collage glue over the top of the wings before applying gold and blue Transfer Foil. The foil creates a beautiful twinkle effect but not overtly sparkly. I then used the solid section of the die to die cut three pieces of vellum which I layered, adding the cut out wings over the top.
I added coils of wire to each butterfly and attached popped them into the hole in the top of my spool.
For the flowers, I spritzed a piece of card with Tumbled Glass and Color Bloom Pearl Spray mists. Once the card is dry, I then used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Punch to punch out the singular layers of petals. I then layered these up, shaping and scrunching them to create the little blooms. For the centres of each flower I used the Spiky Flower punch and punched these pieces from a piece of card coloured with Fossilised Amber.

I added the flowers, together with dried moss and florist fibres to the top of my spool.
Finally I added the Hello Spring message, stamped with the Hero Arts Alphabet Stamps, onto a piece of inked card, die cut using the Labels dies and attached the message using a Memo Pin.
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project and loved the finished piece.

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....

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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: Detailed Butterflies, Labels Thinlits Die
Tim Holtz Punches: Large Tattered FlowerDaisy Flower
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso
Distress Spray Stains: Tumbled Glass, Fossilised Amber
Idea-ology: Typed Tokens, Memo Pin
Recycled tube and chipboard, button, moss, wire and fibres from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous creation Emma, I just love the whole design of this, so very pretty and a lovely spring decoration for your home. Brilliant recycling! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. This is so beautiful, Emma! I love how you used an old spool. This project really scream Spring and I love it! Cathie <3

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Emma I love how you've created your own wooden spool - the wood effect you've created is so authentic . As always you have decorated and embellished superbly, going that extra mile with your attention to detail , design and composition . With home decor like this who needs to buy flowers !
    Big hugs xx

  4. Stunning project Emma!!! The butterflies are my faves!!!
    You always inspire me! <3

  5. I have to admit, I am a borderline craft fact I looked at an empty Christmas wrap roll the other day and decided to hold onto it a little longer. Now I'm glad since I saw your genius spool. The entire project is lovely.

  6. Beautiful, love how you made this spool and it does look like wood! Stunning flowers and butterflies, Cathy x

  7. Emma, this is just gorgeous, and it really does make me think spring! Love how you made your own vintage style spool, and the flowers and butterflies emerging from it are beautiful.

  8. great recycling. this is why my house ends up full of rubbish as just in case....
    love your project and it does have such a spring feel to it. i think i have a project that i can share but only on sunday.... hugs xxx

  9. Very pretty! Love how you made your own spool.

  10. so beautiful- and a specially happy theme and project as I hear the freezing rain hitting the windows...

  11. Stunning Emma just love this xx xx xx

  12. I love recycling and your project caught my is simply fabulous !!
    Dr Sonia

  13. I don't know how you keep coming up with these marvelous projects, Emma, but I'm so glad you do!

  14. I'm SO ready for spring!! What a fun and pretty project that's perfect for Spring decor! :)

    Simon Says Stamp

  15. Perfect and classy as always! I'm totally in love with your butterflies! they are so ethereal! Great recycle project! Barbara

  16. What a gorgeous piece, Emma. Love the faux spool! It looks so real! And the butterflies are so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Such a super clever idea Emma!! And I love the layered butterflies. So pretty!!

  18. What a fantastic upcycle idea! I feel like you're always looking at things in unique ways as it is, but this was especially fun to see the direction you took with this one. I love its Spring-i-ness and my favorite part is the nest-looking fibers. Gorgeous!

  19. Love your beautiful creation, Emma. Such a creative and great inspiration. :)

  20. I love how you layered the butterflies! Beautiful project.


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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