Monday 14 March 2016

Shining Star...

Hello everyone and welcome to another brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where this week our theme is all about LUCKY STARS! Whether you're inspired by St Patrick's Day, and want to include the luck of the Irish in your project or maybe you have a lucky star that you want to feature, then we can't wait to see what you create and look forward to you playing along with us!

For my project, I was inspired by this beautiful image of the little girl in Tim Holtz's Found Relatives vintage photo pack and I just knew that she would be my little star of this piece and created a burlap panel where I sat her on a glittery moon, surrounded by stars but holding one very special lucky star! I was so happy with this panel and I think it's one of my favourite makes to date...I'm over the moon (pardon the pun) with how it turned out!

So, without further hesitation....
...and this is how I created my project!

To begin with I took the 7 x 5 burlap panel and added some gesso around the edges. Once the gesso was dry, I then added some sparkle with a mixture of 3D gel, micro beads and glass glitter. I usually mix these together on my craft sheet and then apply them to the edge of my panel using a palette knife. If you think you need more sparkle, then just sprinkle a little more over the top and tap away the excess.
To create the background for my scene, I cut a panel of watercolour card, slightly smaller in size than the burlap panel and spritzed it with water, don't oversaturate the card but make it really damp. Once this is done, I then applied small amounts of Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Stain to the background, using a brush and just swiping the colour across the card to create an ombre effect.

Heat dry the stained card and then distress the edges before inking using Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

Give a spritz of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain onto the background, heat dry again and then matt onto silver metallic kraft core cardstock.
Now to create my little scene and for this I started by die cutting the moon and the stars from really good quality thick white card. You can also use chipboard for this but you will need to gesso the pieces before adding paint or mediums.

I then painted my moon with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, dried it off before applying a layer of Glossy Accents. Sprinkle Pumice Stone Distress Glitter over the top and tap away the excess before leaving to dry before inking the edge with Black Soot Distress Ink.
For the stars, I did exactly the same as the moon but used Antique Linen Distress Paint and Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I inked around the edge with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Attach the die cut pieces to your panel using foam pads and I also added some die cut clouds, cut from the gold Deco Sheets.
Now for the beautiful image and this is fussy cut from one of the photos and attached with foam pads, to appear as she is sitting on the moon.

I added an alcohol inked star which she's holding in her hands and popped some sequins around the background.
For the bow, I used crinkle ribbon which is dyed with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. I popped a vintage mother of pearl button in the centre, added a piece of cheesecloth for texture and attached a wishbone to the arrangement.
Finally, I added my Letterpress blocks to spell out the word Lucky. The letterpress blocks are painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint and have a layer of Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the top for some extra shimmer. I attached the blocks over the top of some metallic fibres using Glossy Accents to hold them securely in place.
...and that completes my panel! I just wish you could see the shimmer and sparkle that this has in real life but the camera just can't pick that up but it really does shine and I hope you love my project and enjoyed the creative process!
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....

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:

Distress Ink: Tea DyeHickory Smoke and Black Soot
Distress Spray Stains: Brushed Pewter
Distress Glitter: Rock Candy, Pumice Stone
Good quality white card, metallic fibres and button from my own stash


  1. As the expression goes, "I'm over-the-moon" for this. I had to visit (from SSS) to see the edge treatment on the burlap panels--it's an excellent effect and so interesting to see how you accomplished it. The soft blue background and the pewter accents are wonderful together. That little lady has been seated in a lot of places but I do believe this may be the first time she's gone to space. My highest compliments for a lovely piece of art!

  2. LOVE this canvas Emma! the little girl is so cute and to have her sitting on the moon is adorable :-) the background and all of the details are simply stunning! GORGEOUS!

    Lols x x x

  3. Wow, I love this piece! TFS Emma!

  4. Love the ombre background - and that moon, such a clever idea to have her sitting on it. Your details are always so amazing!

  5. GORGEOUS project, Emma! Love the sparkly moon!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Gorgeous Emma. xx

  7. Oh I do look forward to Mondays , Emma, to see what creative magic you have to share and today your 'Lucky star' burlap panel is an absolute masterpiece and you can be more than sure I LOVE it- to the moon and back! ( sorry I couldn't resist) As always your attention to detail, design and execution is second to none . One of my absolute faves . Going to have to take another look before I leave........ big hugs xx

  8. What a beautiful piece Emma, love all the detail, just perfect xx

  9. just sheer gorgeousness. love it. very simple but striking, hugs xxxx

  10. I do not think I can find words for that. It is simply amazing.

    xx Zoey

  11. love your project as always much detail and that beautiful ombre night sky background...hugs kath xxx

  12. Magnificent, Emma. Each time I say "That is the most spectacular thing" and then you go and make another. Love seeing your work and the learning the process behind it.

  13. I LOVE her sitting on the moon! Fabulous!!!

  14. She is so darling sitting on the moon. This whole canvas is amazing really. I love the vintage feel of it and the way you applied mediums to the edges. Very cool.

  15. Totally love this canvas! Stunning work, Jo x

  16. Absolutely gorgeous piece, Emma! The sparkling moon and edges are perfect. Love the girl sitting on the moon. Hugs, Sandra

  17. Emma, what a beautiful canvas! It reminds me of an old photo where they often places some lovely lady swinging from the moon, like you did here. Cute how you tucked that wishbone in!

  18. Simply stunning! This week I have no words, I can only admire your work!!!Barbara

  19. This is so beautiful. I don't know what I love the most: the little girl, the moon or the letters. Everything is just perfect! Hugs, Marzena

  20. What can I say, Emma. When I saw this, I sat and gazed at it for a bit, it is just stunning! There's so much to love but the moon captured my heart. It's all glittery and makes me smile. Cathie <3

  21. Love this beautiful canvas, Emma. The layers of embellishments and the background you created are gorgeous. :)

  22. Awwwww! This is so flippin' cute! But it's not like bubble-gum level cute, it's like super-sophisticated level cute, as is your style! You always take elements and elevate them to their best selves (if that makes any sense at all). Great detail with the wishbone, 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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