Monday, 13 June 2016

All Around The World...

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, the theme is ~ WORLD TRAVELER!

There are so many interpretations of this theme and so many wonderful products that you can use ~ the world is your oyster and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I created a trip around the world using products from Tim Holtz to create a freestanding globe sitting on a cube decorated with stamped images.

To begin with I created the cube. I used the 3D cube die from Sizzix to make mine from mount board which would create a nice solid base for the globe to sit on. Once the basic cube was constructed, I gave it a coat of gesso to prime the surface before painting it with Black Soot Distress Paint. Where the paint was thoroughly dry, I dry brushed each of the edges with Tarnished Brass Paint to create a worn, vintage look.

I wanted my cube to stand on little feet, so for this I used small cotton spool painted with Gold Rush Alchemy Paint. I then added small metal embellishments to each cotton spool and attached them to the base of my cube.

Setting the cube aside, I moved onto the stamped panels. I cut five panels of manila card, each panel measuring approx 7.5cm square. I applied Antique Linen, Picket Fence, Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress Stains to my craft sheet and spritzed the stain with water before swiping each piece of card through the colour, picking up all the stain.

Heat dry the card.

Take four panels of the stained card and using the CityScapes stamp set, stamp a different city onto each panel, placing the stamp across the bottom of the square. I coloured the images using Pumice Stone and Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker Pens and then spritzed over the top of the card using the Pumice Stone pen in the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool.

Next, I used stamps from the Correspondence stamp set and stamped different images onto each panel. I also added some Rub Ons to a couple of the panels. I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then added some gold foiling around the edge of each panel. Once I was happy with each panel, I attached them around the four sides of my cube.

For the top of the cube, I used the final panel but inked through the stencil using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I inked the edges of the panel, added foil highlights and then added a few flicks of paint and some Gilded Rub Ons. Attach the panel to the top of the cube.
You now have your completed base section and can move onto creating the freestanding globe.
For this, I started by cutting Manila card stock using the Globe die. After removing the globe from the die, I then spritzed the shape with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stains. (At this stage, there will be some residual spray on the craft sheet and I mopped all this up using Crinkle Ribbon which I will then use later). Heat dry the die cut. I then wanted a slight shimmer to the globe and for this I used the Antique Bronze Mica Spray before heat drying the card again.

I wanted to mount the globe onto a piece of card and decided the rough terrain of the land would look fabulous set against the shimmer of a blue sea. So for the background of the globe, I used Foil card stock and cut a circle the same size, (you can trace around the outside edge of the globe for this). I then used Pool and Aqua Alcohol inks and pounced the ink over the surface of the foil card.

Attach the globe over the top of the alcohol inked card using foam pads. Then using the Splatter Brush, flick Picket Fence Distress Paint across the surface of the globe.
For the base of the globe, I used another cotton spool, slightly larger in size than the ones I used for the feet. I painted the spool to create a wood effect using various shades of brown distress paints. I then added a wooden stirrer that I got from Starbucks and painted this in the same shade of brown as the spool and attached the stirrer to the hole down the centre of the spool. Ensure that the stirrer is stable and will not move!!!
Attach the die cut globe to the wooden stirrer, creating the effect that it is suspended on the cotton spool. I also painted the back of the globe to create a wooden effect and to make sure it looks great from all angles! I also added a small metal star to mark the USA on the map!
Take the crinkle ribbon that you dyed earlier with the stains and tie this around the spool.
I attached the spool to one of the gorgeous new metal gears, which I painted with some more of the a mix of Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze and I then attached the globe to the top of my cube.
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:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Globe
Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence, Cityscapes
Distress Ink: Walnut StainFrayed Burlap
Distress Marker Pens: Cracked Pistachio, Pumice Stone
Blending Tool
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Cotton spools, mount board and 3D cube die from my own stash


  1. Absolutely fantastic! Emma Your globe - oh my your globe- incredible - love it and ingenious use of a starbuck stirrer and cotton reel.
    Your cityscape atb makes just the perfect plinth.
    I'm wearing such a huge smile after seeing this beauty today Emma - thank you.
    big hugs xxxx

  2. This is an amazing piece Emma!

  3. Lovely Emma and glad to see you back. Love how you used the stirer and the wood effect is fab. The globe is a lovely addition to the ATB and I love the stamping around the ATB too and the touch of colour. Tracy x

  4. Super fun!! I love a clever girl and the stir stick idea is a great one. I wonder how many ladies will take an extra next time the go to Starbucks! Wonderful project!

  5. AWESOME - love the globe with foiled and sprayed background the ATB is a fab base too xx

  6. This is amazing, Emma! You have some of the coolest Tim Holtz stamps and know just how to use them perfectly.

    Cathie ♥

  7. WOW, Emma this is fabulous. xx

  8. Gorgeous globe Emma! the whole design of this is fantastic! LOVE it :-)

    Lols x x x

  9. Simply stunning, Emma! The dimension on the Globe is amazing, and the surface underneath is so beautiful - somewhere between oceans and a starry sky - completely magical! Then there's all the gorgeous watercolour tinting of the cityscapes on the ATB - all in all a brilliant creation.
    Alison x

  10. Yay! Glad to have you back, Emma! Amazing project! Loving the dimensional elements!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. fabulous creation. your globe looks so dimensional i have to keep reminding myself that it is flat. gorgeous, hugs xxx

  12. I love your globe on a stand!

  13. I love your globe on a stand!

  14. Magnificent, Emma! I love all of the projects you've made with this die, but I think this is my very favorite.

  15. This is out of the world Emma! I'm happy you're back with your amazing works! This is incredible, you used Globe die in a wonderful way, love your style! Barbara

  16. thanks for taking us with you on your trip around the world...amazing project as always...hugs kath xxx

  17. Wow, Emma! What a great structural design for this piece! I really got a kick out of seeing the wheels on the base! I can imagine this rolling on to all sorts of grand adventures. I'm also really impressed at how dimensional you made your globe look! Excellent piece!

  18. Brilliant, just brilliant, Emma! Such a wonderful 3D travel piece, kind of like those old globes, and you even made the base to it! Love this one!!

  19. just a fab. idea....
    love it

  20. Such a beautiful project, Emma. Love the fantastic globe. You are always so creative! :)

  21. This is such a fabulous piece, Emma! Love that the globe looks very dimensional. You're a star in making stunning home decor pieces. Hugs, Sandra

  22. This is absolutely georgeous! If I don't know this die I'd definitely think the globe is round! Amazing illusion. Love all the colors and the retro look of it. Hugs, Marzena

  23. Amazing absolutely amazing


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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