Monday, 31 October 2016

We Remember...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme for this week is ~ "Thinking Of You" and we can't wait to see your interpretation of this challenge!

For my project, I was inspired by the month of November when we commemorate heroes from all across the world and I created this panel using dies from Tim Holtz to create a striking focal point of poppies against the metallic shimmer of the world.

and here's how I created this piece...

To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top before then adding a light wash of colour, Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Crayons to create my background. Blend the colour out using a semi dry baby wipe and then I inked around the edges with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons before machine stitching a border.

To add some more layers, I used pieces of paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash, together with Ephemera pieces and attached these to my background using Collage Medium. I then added a shadow around the outside of each of the pieces with the Black Soot Crayon.
To complete the layers on my background, I attached a cut journalling ticket which I stamped with the date of November 11, using a date stamp roller, and once again, added a shadow around the outside with the Black Soot crayon.
Add some gentle flicks of black paint across the surface of the entire canvas and then as a finishing layer, I used an old credit card to add some gesso paint scratches.

Now for the last few details and for this, I used stamps from the Correspondence stamp set and stamped the date mark in the bottom left hand corner and a number in the top right hand corner.
Matt the background onto a layer of metallic kraft card, a piece of patterned paper from the Correspondence stash and finally mount the layers onto a piece of kraft card.

Now to create the embellishments and to begin, I started by making the poppies and for this I used the Tattered Florals die to die cut four large petals and two smaller petals for each flower. I then laid the petals out onto a kraft sheet and spritzed each side with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain. Heat dry the petals and then lightly scrunch them in your hand before opening them out again and shaping each of the individual petals.

Layer up all four large petals and the two small petals, each time slightly offsetting the layers and then use a brad through the centre of them to hold them all together.

Use the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Large Daisy punch to punch out two pieces of black card and attach these to the centre of your poppies, adding a gem in the middle.
For the globe, I die cut this piece from some of the bronze coloured metallic kraft core card and added foam pads to the back. I then placed it over the top of a circle of Yupo, inked with DenimGold Mixative, Sail Boat Blue alcohol ink.
Attach the globe and the poppies onto the matted background layers, using foam pads to add dimension to the die cut pieces..
I also added some foliage using the Fall Foliage Thinlits die and the Garden Greens Thinlits die to die cut from card inked with various tones of green Distress Inks and spritzed with Mica Spray.

To commemorate this very special month of November ~ I used an old metal wing idea-ology piece that I had in my stash, added a countdown coin which I altered using Treasure Gold Gilding Wax and then attached a mirrored star.
Finally, I attached the word Remember from the Big Chat stickers onto kraft card and attached this to the bottom right of my panel.
I just love how those poppies turned out and love the vibrant colour the Candied Apple has given them and they really look gorgeous against the metallic globe ~ I just wish you could all see this piece in the flesh as it really does have such a beautiful shimmer and shine!
I hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and as always if you do need any further inspiration, 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....

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Punches Dies: Fall Foliage, Garden Greens Thinlits Die, Tattered Florals, Globe
Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence
Tim Holtz Sizzix Punch: Daisy
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayons: Set 3 and 5
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Black Soot
Distress Spray Stains: Candied Apple
Canvas Paper from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous panel Emma, the poppies are stunning and I love the whole world theme, absolutely fabulous! Love it :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. What a gorgeous panel to remember heros around the world, Emma! Love the beautiful flowers and entire design. Amazing as always!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Beautiful work Emma - the poppies hold such a special meaning - so glad you used them! Wonderful inspiration today!

  4. I couldn't agree more about the metallic cardstock combined with candy apple red and would love to see it in person. The poppies have an almost tissue paper quality and they are so pretty and perfect. Thanks for the tips on how to create them.

  5. Hi there! What a beauty! I love the multilayered background and it's washed colors. The stitching gives always an uncommon look. Love the details like a ticket and metal wings. The metallic card is just perfect for the globe. Pretty flowers!! Hugs, Marzena

  6. what an amazing make. so apt for the occasion. fabulous, hugs xxx

  7. This is such a considered and thoughtful way of interpreting this weeks 'Thinking of you' theme, Emma. From the weathered grungy background with aptly chosen ephemera and stamps , to the shine of the metallic globe positioned perfectly behind those gorgeous red poppies to all the extra little touches-the wings, the number coin, the chit chat sticker it really is a commendable tribute to all the heroes across the world. Lest we not forget!!
    Big hugs xx

  8. Stunning piece! Love the metallic globe!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. Seriously love every little detail on this! Just a beautiful piece of art that pays respect to those that deserve it, thank you for the fabulous inspiration x

  10. I have always been and continue to be in awe at your stunning layered creations and this is no exception! Thanks for all the support you have given me as guest designer and sorry I haven't managed to visit every week! Nikki xx

  11. This is such a gorgeous creation, Emma. Love every beautiful details. The globe and flowers are so fabulous. :)

  12. Your poppies are gorgeous, Emma! I love how they draw the eye, and help us remember those brave souls who fought for freedom. Love the globe element and the little details like the wings. Awesome project!! hugs, Maura

  13. This is lovely and as always, it's a treat to see how you've combined those elements and bits of ephemera into new forms. When I lived in England, I loved seeing everyone wearing poppies pinned to their lapels in honor of those whom we remember. This brought that back to me and I'm grateful for those tender emotions!

  14. this is one amazing tribute to our fallen the shimmer on the globe and that poppy just pops right off the page...hugs kath xxx

  15. The metallic globe and the flowers are outstanding! As always your love for details is incredible! Great piece Emma! Barbara

  16. Such an amazing card, Emma! The poppies are so cool! Love them and the globe looks fabulous too! Stunning project! Hugs, Sandra


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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