Monday, 30 January 2017

Finder's Keepers...

Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is PET'S CORNER and we would love it if you play along with this fun challenge showcasing some of our furry friends.

Because I don't own a pet, I had to adopt one especially for this challenge and what better than one of those crazy dogs, who I named ~ Lucky!! I just couldn't resist making this fun card and of course, I had to go with my favourite from the set ~ I just adore his expression!

So, it's time for this week's brand new challenge and here's how I made this card...
To begin with I cut a panel of watercolour card, 13 x 16cm and misted it lightly with water to dampen the fibres. I then misted Mustard Seed Distress Stain over the top before drying the card thoroughly.

Once dry, I then wanted to add some more colour and for this, I used PaperArtsy Infusions. I sprinkled the smallest amount of Golden Sands and Sunset Beach over the top of my stained card and then misted the Infusions with water, allowing the colour to magically start to appear and blend into the card.

After another blast of heat, I had my basic background and was now ready to add some texture.

To begin, I placed the Bricked Layering Stencil over the top of the the background card and applied Grit Paste directly onto the background. Leave to dry naturally or gently use your heat tool, being careful not to overheat and bubble the paste. Once dry, add some more texture to the surrounding areas using the Splatters Layering Stencil and again dry.
I then needed to add some colour to the stencilled areas and for this, I used my trusty Distress Crayons, adding layers of Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone and Spiced Marmalade to the wall and splatters. Once I was happy with the colour, I then used dry brushed some gesso over the top.
Add a few gesso paint splatters, together with some Black Soot Distress Paint Splatters and dry.

To add some more texture to the background, I applied a small amount of Grit Paste around the edges of the card and once the paste was dry, just ran the Pumice Stone Crayon around the edge and blended it with my finger. I matted the background onto gold metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of Black Soot Kraft Stock.
Before I  mounted the matted layers onto a kraft card blank, which I distressed with a small amount of gesso to the edges, I wrapped some twine around the bottom section of the layers and secured it with a bow, also adding a Typed Token coloured using Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Crayons!
The cute pup is stamped onto watercolour card using Jet Black Archival Ink and then water coloured with Distress Marker Pens...
...before being die cut with the corresponding Sizzix Crazy Dogs die. I also stamped, coloured and die cut the bowl and the bones.
I attached my die cuts to the background using foam pads

To complete my card, I added one of the new quote chips, mounted onto gold metallic kraft card.

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....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Crazy Dogs
Tim Holtz Stamps: Crazy Dogs
Distress Crayons: Set 13, and 4
Distress Marker Pens
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Splatters, Bricked


  1. aw this is so cute!! I love the whole design of this and I love that you named him Lucky haha, gorgeous card Emma :-)

  2. Ha ha haaaaa! "Finders Keepers" was the PERFECT caption!!! Look at this little dude's expression! I just sat down at my desk, for a little morning crafting and 'Lucky' literally had me laughing out loud! What a fun way to start my day! Wonderful tutorial!

  3. That grit paste works so well on the brick wall Emma. I adore the background on this one, perfect for the fun focal image . Tracy x

  4. Amazing background, Emma! Love the whole design and all the texture. So pretty!

    Cathie ♥

  5. He is a beauty, isn't he! Fabulous creation, Emma, Jo x

  6. Delightful & oh so many great techniques. ❤️

  7. So cute Emma - from the background to the dog! I have got to get the Grit-paste out!

  8. Perfect as always! Love the background with infusions and grit paste, beautiful pastel colors blended together. Hugs, Marzena

  9. This is a perfect mix of whimsicality and sophistication! I love how you made the background and I'm sure "Lucky" lives up to his name by being able to live in an original Emma creation! Really lovely job, as always!

  10. This theme really thew me! I wish I had seen your darling inspiration before hand. LOL! I just adore the simplicity of this design and the complexity of your gorgeous background. Always the perfect balance, such an inspiration! Thank you for your sweet and encouraging comments this month. Hugs, Autumn

  11. I LOVE that you did a layered mixed media background with the dog...such a fantastic contrast, and super gorgeous piece!

  12. I always think of Simon when I see this little silly dog! I *love* the way you made your background! Another gorgeous project! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. That background is the best! Totally caught my eye.

  14. Fantastic! Emma . Love how you made Lucky 'walk the line'. His facial expression looks almost like a response to that - so sarcastically comical. Love it !
    The textural background in those gorgeous colour tones is fab and makes for the perfect backdrop.
    Artistic, Fun and full of personality ,
    big hugs my lovely friend x

  15. Your background is amazing and that dog is Lucky to have all those bones! Cute!

  16. Lucky is adorable, Emma! Love the wonderful textural background and scene you created! hugs, Maura

  17. very fun card and a super background!

  18. Such a fun card, love the background, Cathy x

  19. Your backgrounds are always stunning and this is no different! love the colors and you little dog is absolutely cute! barbara

  20. Love your fun and fabulous card, Emma. The background texture and colors are awesome! :)

  21. Wonderful card Emma!! The background with all the textures is really fantastic and of course I love Lucky!

  22. I adore this way is that adorable pup going to be separated from his food...huygs kath xxx

  23. Wow what a great card! Fun layers, cute dog, nice design!


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Emma ~xx

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