Monday, 6 June 2016

Summertime And The Living Is Easy...

Hello everyone and if you hadn't already noticed then...yay, I'm back!!

Firstly I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Lorraine and all my teamies for their are the best and to each and everyone of you who have taken the time to leave me such lovely get well messages. It really was a horrendous experience and one I NEVER want to repeat but on a good note, even though I don't recommend this diet, lol...I did lose the few extra pounds that I had gained over the winter!

Anyway, back to the day job and to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge where we have a brand new challenge starting today which is all about a Summer Garden. The team are also showcasing PaperArtsy products this week and I hope you love how I used Fresco Finish paints to create a shabby background for my vintage summer garden canvas!

and here's how I created this piece...
To begin with I took an 8" square pre-gessoed canvas. I wanted to create the look of worn wood on my background so started by applying a layer of French Roast Fresco Finish Paint over the entire surface of the panel.

Once the paint was dry, I then applied the Crackle Glaze using a palette knife and adding it over the top of the darker layer, applying it to random areas of my canvas ~ I didn't want an all over crackle, just subtle hints! Once this is dry, (and it can be gently dried with a heat gun to speed up the process if you're a bit impatient like me), I added a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish, which I mixed with a small amount of Taupe Fresco Finish. Apply the paint all over the canvas and then sit back and watch the crackle appear!
I thoroughly dried the paint before moving onto the next stage of building up those background layers. For this, I began by adding some torn Tissue Wrap to random areas of the painted panel, attaching them with Collage Medium. I then dry brushed a small amount of paint over the top, using my fingers to blend the paint seamlessly into the background.  Once I was happy, I then went in with my Distress Crayons from Set 3 and also a touch of Peeled Paint, building up layers of colour to create the shabby feel I wanted. I added some Black Soot Crayon around the edge, again blending them out with my fingers before using an old credit card to create paint scratches with gesso.

After a few flicks of Distress Paint and wrapping some twine around the centre, my background was complete!

Now to create the centrepiece...
...and for this I began by die cutting two panels of chipboard using the Crosshatch die, which I LOVE!! I gessoed the chipboard before applying a coat of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top. Once the paint layer was dry, I added some highlights of colour using the Distress Crayons and also added flecks of shimmer using the gold foil sheets from the Vintage Foil Transfer set.
For the panel that is set in the middle, I used the largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut a panel of manila card, inked around the edges with Distress Ink and then mounted it onto a panel of kraft card. I then used the slightly smaller Stitched Rectangle die to die cut a piece of canvas paper. I painted the paper using the same Fresco Finish colours as I did for the background, Snowflake White and Taupe and allowed the paper to dry before adding more depth using Distress Crayons. Once I was happy, I flicked Black Soot and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint over the paper and then mounted it onto my larger panel, adding some Dapper Design Tape to create a frame around the small inset.
I then attached my Crosshatch panels to the back of the matted rectangles and used foam pads to mount the panel onto the centre of my canvas.
For the roses, I used both stamps from the Lady Rose stamp set which I stamped onto watercolour card, watercoloured with Distress Marker Pens and then fussy cut. I also stamped the roses a second time, coloured each of them before cutting them out to layer over the top to create dimension.
I attached each of the rose pieces onto my central panel, attaching them to cascade down the lefthand side.
To complete the panel, I punched three butterflies from the Wallflower Vellum stash ~ you can see that I punched three separate pieces for each butterfly and then layered them to create a soft, floaty feel.
As a finishing touch, I added an Occasions Small Talk sticker ~ I just thought this quote was perfect for this piece and a few sparkly 28 Lilac Lane sequins from the Neutral set!!
I love how this project turned out and hope you 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:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Crosshatch Frame, Stitched Rectangles
Tim Holtz Stamps: Lady Rose
Tim Holtz Sizzix Punches: Large Butterfly
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap
Distress Crayons: Set 3 and Peeled Paint
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints: Snowflake White, French Roast, TaupeCrackle Glaze
28 Lilac Lane: Neutral Sequins Tin


  1. Good to hear you are feeling better, welcome back - GREAT project


  2. Hi Emma and it really is so good to hear you are feeling much better. Take things steady though please as you have been through quite an ordeal.

    Your altered canvas is a real beauty and I loved seeing how it evolved - thank you for sharing. Your design and execution is as always on point as are all those extra little touches that make your work truly shine . Stunning !
    Big hugs and take care xx

  3. This is wonderful Emma! Glad to hear you are on the mend :) xx

  4. This is wonderful Emma! Glad to hear you are on the mend :) xx

  5. Beautiful project, glad you're feeling much better xx

  6. Beautiful piece Emma! I'm happy to hear that you're feeling better. It's wonderful to see your art again.

  7. Welcome back, Emma! I sure missed seeing your beautiful creations and this one is right up there as always. Beautiful flowers and I love the effects you achieved with the crackle glaze. Amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  8. so glad you're back on parade. hope you stay well. this is just gorgeous. love the whole construction of this, hugs xx

  9. My goodness! Your allergic reaction sounds horrific!! How frightening for you. I hope you are back to normal fast! You canvas looks super! The background looks gorgeous with the subtle cracks. Beautiful project.

  10. I've hardly been around so I'm afraid I hadn't missed you yet - but I'm delighted that you're back up and running. I just read the last post and it all sounds horrendous.

    On to happier things - your project is gorgeous - I love that subtly grungy canvas and then the blossoming flowers just bursting out of the frame.
    Alison x

  11. Glad to have you back Emma! Love you piece and the way you used the Frameworks and Lady Rose stamp.

  12. Welcome back Emma! I missed you! I missed your projects! I'm so happy you're feeling better! Wonderful canvas, love the way you use Crosshatch die !!!! BArbara

  13. It's lovely to see you back Emma, so glad you are feeling better..x LOVE ♥ your canvas. x

  14. Lovely to see you back Emma and that you're feeling better. Gorgeous work as always.

    Sarah x

  15. Glad you're back, Emma! Super project!

  16. Emma, so glad to hear you are better! This is one gorgeous piece! I love your framed background which really sets off the beautiful flowers.

  17. OMG this is so beautiful. You don't stop to amaze me with your amazing backgrounds. This one is just another beauty. All the details put together make this a truly piece of art. I love the crosshatch frame which seems to be wooden! Thank you for sharing this. Hugs, Marzena

  18. Emma, such a relief to hear that you are on the mend. How terrible and horrifying! What a great debut project, love the colors and design! Hugs, Autumn

  19. Glad to hear you are doing better! This project is so pretty. I love the background and the little vellum butterflies. And the roses, too.

  20. beautiful project the trailing roses and the gorgeous vellum butterflies...hugs kath xxx

  21. Great piece, Emma! Love the gorgeous background and the flowers are such a fabulous focal point. Hugs, Sandra

  22. What a great piece, Emma! You are the sole reason I purchased that crosshatch die from Tim and it is a real treat to see how cleverly you use it. As always, I love your nod to fresh ideas with a vintage touch!

  23. I am so glad that you are feeling better Emma! I hope you get enough rest. This canvas is lovely, such a beautiful background and the crosshatch looks wonderful. Gorgeous flowers!!

  24. This is such a gorgeous creation, Emma. The butterflies and the flowers are so beautiful. :)

  25. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


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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