Monday, 15 August 2016

Good Times...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where we are having some Summer Fun! As always, we hope you'll join in with our theme and whatever your favourite summer activity is, we hope you'll share it with us and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I chose to use the Surf Shack die from Tim Holtz but instead of creating a surf shack, I went for an elegant coastal home, No.63 Coastal Drive ~ the home of my dreams and something you see in the movies or in the World of Interiors magazine ~ light and airy inside and set slightly back from the sea with nothing to see for miles except sun and sand!

To begin with, I used the the Village Dwelling die to die cut the base of my house. This is the die that you need if you are using most of Tim's add on dies to create the various styles of houses! I used this die to die cut the house from corrugated card and the roof from a piece of Core'Dinations Distress card stock.

I painted the corrugated card with gesso and lightly sanded the Core'Dinations card with a sanding tool to give a more worn effect to the roof.
After some light inking on both, I constructed the base of my house and then, set this aside to work on the add on sections. For this, I used the Surf Shack die and die cut the front roof section and the windows from a further piece of Core'Dinations card and once again, sanded each piece before adding them onto my house. You'll see that I also used a further piece of corrugated card, just under the peak of the roof, as I wanted this to remain white to match the house.
I added a door made from kraft card and used an idea-ology Hex Fastener as the door knob. For the doorstep, I used a piece of the Pumice Stone card from the Core'Dination stash and added this, yo my hour. I also die cut the main struts of the house from corrugated card and added a little welcome door mat created from the linen in the Textile Surfaces pack.
For the base of my house, I wanted to create the look of sand, so I die cut the base from Manila card and then added a good layer of Prima White Sand Texture Paste over the top. Let the paste dry thoroughly before adding Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Paint to the surface to create the sandy colour.
Once happy with the base, I added my house over the top and place a mini plaquette onto the front of the house.
For the extra base of the house, I used a canvas board and applied a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint over the top. When the paint is dry, I then added a small amount of Mermaid Lagoon Distress Crayon to create highlights on the water. Over the top of this, I then used my fingertip to add an extra layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint. This created the look of the sea and to complete the base, I added some shimmery highlights of blue Vintage Transfer Foil.
I then wanted to create the look of steps going up to the front door and for this I used pieces of driftwood.
I attached the driftwood to the canvas board to create a solid platform, added a small amount of Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon along the edges and then attached my house over the top.

Now for the fun part of adding all the little extras that bring this house to life.

The lifebelt is die cut from a small piece of chipboard, painted with Gesso and then I added red twine around it before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The palm is also die cut from chipboard and painted with Distress Paints. I attached the palm to the canvas base and added the surf board, die cut from white Core'Dinations card, leaving the central section white and painted the rest of the board with Candied Apple Distress Paint.
After adding moss and seashells around the house...
...I then added the finishing touch ~ a sign post and for this, I stamped my Hashtag wording, "good times" onto a piece of cream card, inked the edges and then attached the banner to a cocktail stick which I then attached to the front of my house.
I really hope you love my interpretation of Tim's Surf Shack die and I can't wait to use this die to now go and create a proper little surf shack to go with alongside this one!
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: Village Dwelling Die, Surf Shack Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: Hashtag
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayons: Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke
Blending Tool
Collage Brushes
Big Shot
Moss, driftwood, shells and chipboard from my own stash


  1. LOVE this Emma! your dream home is gorgeous! I love the whitewashed walls and blue roof and shutters, it reminds me of a visit to Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia when we were on honeymoon ;-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Your projects are so perfect in every little details. Sigh! I love it
    Hugs xx

  3. awwwwwsome make & love your dream home wowzaaa ""63 Coastal Drive"" all you need is a post code somewhere South England. hope you rent out for the summer months. crafty hugs Steve xx

  4. Awesome shack!! Love the drift wood base and all the moss details! What a tremendous result!

  5. This is so cute. I love how you created all the accessories. I want to go on holiday to a place like this please! :)

  6. Emma, #63 sounds like a wonderful place, may you find it one day! It is a darling little house/shack and I can just picture it by the ocean! hugs, Maura

  7. Totally stunning, Emma! You are so good at picking up on the small details which make your art over the top gorgeous!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. you might have just surpassed yourself here. i want to jump in that sea and would love to live there. brilliant make, hugs xxxx

  9. GORGEOUS, Emma! This is my dream home too! I love the driftwood and all the fabulous details you added to make this the most awesome beach house. Love the blue and white combination, it's so peaceful. Amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  10. Oh la la,this little beach house is a Wonder!Bravooo!!

  11. I adore this - so many lovely details to take in! Chrisx

  12. i think i want to move in a other housse LOL...beautiful creation.

  13. wow this is amazing and if only we got the weather I could move right in...have a great weekend...hugs kath xxx

  14. What an absolutely dreamy little house! I can almost feel the ocean breeze in my face! I picture this as somewhere you would live-- it's classy and quaint and artistic and wonderful! I adore how you added all the outer detail like driftwood and moss!

  15. This is such a fun and fabulous creation, Emma. Love all those details and embellishments you created! Great inspiration! :)

  16. a great job, a beautiful summer scene! Your dreamy house makes me want to live on the beach! As always the details are amazing, I love the base under the house! Barbara

  17. This is sooooooo beautiful! I can now imagine the house of your dreams based on this piece of art. And the house with view of only sea and sand is my dreamy place to live as well. I love all the small details you incorporated to this project as a wodden steps, a buoy, seashells and many more! This is so elegant and classy! Hugs, Marzena

  18. This is probably the best version of this house I have ever seen! I would love a little house on the beach just like this one, and the driftwood you used on the foundation is the perfect touch :)

  19. This is amazing Emma!! Look at all those little details, how wonderful. The driftwood base is perhaps my favourite part of the project, a perfect way to finish the house. Can I spend next summer in this house?

  20. I'm in awe, this is an AMAZING creation!!!! How cute and beautiful in all the details!!! Loving this project, fabulous.

  21. Vacation home of my dreams too! Love the colors and all the be achy elements! Thank you creating and sharing this adore house!

  22. What a darling little beach house, Emma. Love the colors and the why you've dressed it up! You're so good at that to make a whole scene! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  23. Wow, Emma, this looks great!
    Absolutely love this!

  24. Sorry I am late for the viewing of No 63 Coastal Drive Emma but I have to confess I have put in an offer and it is has been accepted - I'll be moving in real soon ! :) ;).
    No 63 is as you say Emma an absolute Dream home , built so creatively with consideration to its environment, it oozes character and has so many wonderful touches and attention to detail. Of all the dwellings I've seen this has to be one of my faves .

    big hugs
    Amanda xx


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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