Monday, 1 August 2016

Sparkle Wherever You Go...

Hey everyone and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme for this week is...CELEBRATE because SSS is celebrating our 6th Anniversary and because we want to celebrate in style, the team are all using SSS products within all their projects! For my project, I chose to celebrate with some sparkle and used the gorgeous Party Circle die, which I glittered and combined it with some Tim Holtz products to create my card.
Also, because this is an extra special occasion, this week Simon Says Stamp will be giving away two $50 gift vouchers, not just the usual one and we hope you'll join us for all the fun!
So, without further ado...
...and here's how I created by card!

To begin with, I took a piece of watercolour card, 17cm square and started by spritzing the card with a light misting of water. I then spritzed the background with Scattered Straw and Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stains. The water that you have on your card, allows the stain to move around creating a splash of watercolor on the background.
Heat dry the card and then I attached a few pieces of torn tissue tape to the centre of the card. Apply some texture paste through the Latticework stencil and again, dry thoroughly before moving onto the next stage. Using the same stains as before, spritz once more over the paste and again dry.
When the background is completely dry, I then dry brushed some Gold Rush Alchemy paint over the surface, before adding a small amount of Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon over the top. After machine stitching around the edge. Flick Black Soot and Picked Raspberry Distress paint over the background and I also added a small amount of Gesso. I now have my background which I then matted onto pink card, followed by the copper metallic kraft core card before mounting onto an 8" square card blank!

Now for the added sparkle and for this, I used the Party Circle die to die cut a piece of thick card. I then pounced a Versamark Ink Pad over the top of the die cut and sprinkled with Sticky Embossing Powder. Heat the powder gently, DO NOT OVERHEAT as you won't get the glitter to stick and then I sprinkled Vintage Distress Glitter over the top, tapping away the excess.
I stuck the die cut to a circular piece of card, coloured with the same colours as I used on the main background and then matted it onto pink card before attaching the die cut using foam pads onto my card.
Now for my party animal and for this I used a Crazy Cat and also the balloons from the Crazy Things stamp set.
All the elements were stamped onto watercolour card and coloured with Distress Marker pens before using the corresponding dies to die cut the images which I then attached to my card, together with a linen bow, dyed with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain. I also added some Floristry Sisal fibres, for a bit of added texture.
As you can see, I also added a small amount of cheesecloth which I dyed with Distress Stain beneath the feet of the cat and sprinkled some glass glitter over the top.
For the finishing touch, I added a Small Talk Sticker which was absolutely perfect for my party animal and some gold sequins from the 28 Lilac Lane Neutrals Sequin Tin.
...and that completes my card, with a party animal full of sparkle and shine!
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 membersYou 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:
SSS: Large Party Circle Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: Crazy Cats, Crazy Things
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Crazy Cats, Crazy Things
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Picked Raspberry

Layering Stencils: Latticework
Blending Tool
Palette Knife
Big Shot
Card blank, cheesecloth and sisal fibres from my own stash


  1. Super cute card Emma :-) the crazy cat is adorable and I love the glittery details, you have a great party going on there!! :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Wow, amazing again Emma! I love all the texture on your card and that cat is adorable. Love the glittery goodness too!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Gorgeous card, Emma! Love all of your layers and textures on this. That crazy cat is so fun! The circle around party really makes it pop. hugs, Maura

  4. A Wonderful celebration card! Emma that has a real party spirit ! Fun, Funky and fantastic and as always full of the finer details that always raise your work to a higher level.
    Hope you have a lovely week
    take care
    big hugs x

  5. Gorgeous card Emma, love the textures and that Cat stamp really makes me smile :) xxx

  6. WOW that is just too gorgeous!

  7. FANTASTIC, attention grabbing card Emma! Thanks for fab step x step. Nicola x

  8. Amazing card, Emma! Love the balloons and the glitter! The crazy cat is so cute. Hugs, Sandra

  9. Wonderful card Emma!! I love the glitter, balloons and the cat, and of course the textured background.

  10. The perfect celebratory scene! I love the textured background and the bright balloons! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. gorgeous project Emma and that crazy cat is determined to get his claws in to those balloons...hugs kath xxx

  12. Love love love your fanstastic card! The texture and colors you created are amazing!

  13. Amazing stenciled background! What I love the most is the baloons rainbow which gives so vibrant look of this project. The Party panel is just fabulous and make the card so elegant. Hugs, Marzena

  14. This is so cute with such fantastic attention to detail! As always, it is whimsical and classy and WOW all in one! And now I must buy that Party Circle die pronto!

  15. Perfect way to celebrate Simon's blog Birthday! your cat is fabulous and the glitter gives the perfect sparkle to your card! Barbara

  16. Super CUTE card! I LOVE the background watercoloring and the fantastic texture with the paste! SO fun and creative! The sparkle looks awesome and I just adore the kitty cat!
    Sherrie K


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Emma ~xx

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