Monday, 27 February 2017

The Old Curiosity Shop...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is BASED ON A BOOK and we can't wait to see what you create! You can interpret this challenge in many ways, you can use pages of a book as part of your project or use the theme of a book as your inspiration.

For my project, I chose Charles Dickens', The Old Curiosity Shop as my inspiration and used plenty of Tim Holtz idea-ology products to create the curiosities that would fill my little shop window. So, it's time to step inside and take a look around...

...and here's how I created this project!

To begin with I took the largest and smallest sized vignette boxes and on the front of each box, I covered the raw edges with the French Design Tape and then used my finger to add a smear of gesso over the surface.
Next, I covered the outside, and the inside of both boxes with a selection of papers from the Memoranda paper stash. What I love about this paper stash is everything co-ordinates perfectly, so any of the papers from the pad will work. I attached each panel of paper using Collage Medium and then once everything was dry, I sanded back the edges to create a more worn, antique effect.
To create the shape of the box, I attached the smaller vignette box using Glossy Accents and placed it on top of the larger box. The finial on the top of the box is painted with gesso, which I then dried thoroughly before applying a coat of Old Paper Distress Paint. Thoroughly dry again before running the Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the surface to grunge it up a bit. Blend the crayon out with your fingertips and to add the final touch, I used some Treasure Gold Gilding Wax to accentuate the edges of the finial. Attach the finial to the top of the smaller box.
To complete my vignette boxes, I added the gorgeous little mini foundations to the bottom, once again attaching them with Collage Medium. This stuff is fantastic for adhering all these little pieces to my box and it has the most amazing grip, once it's's there for life!
I now had my basic box which was ready to fill with all the curiosities and the stories that each piece would tell. There are so many idea-ology pieces which are perfect for this project and all I had to do was work through my boxes...and boxes of adornments and pick out things that I thought would work...
...and I began by filling the smaller box, attaching the Silverware Adornments set inside. I then added one of the gorgeous new Quote Chips, attaching it with a fine line of Glossy Accents along the bottom edge of the chipboard. To complete this section, I placed some sisal fibres inside the box and added two tiny glass vials which I crackled by applying a coat of Collage Medium over the glass, allowing it to dry thoroughly before applying Rock Candy Distress Crackle. Once the crackle has done it's job, I then dribbled a small amount of Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the surface to give a more aged appearance.
Now for the larger section below and for this I started by making the butterfly cloche...this is actually based on a piece I saw in a department store in London and I instantly fell in love with it! The problem was the piece I saw was very expensive, so I think I'd need to win the lottery to have bought it home with me but with that in mind, I decided to create a miniature version that would go in my shop and used one of Tim's Decorative Domes and added a small piece of foam to the base. I then used a piece of rusty wire which I coiled around a pencil and attached one of the small butterflies from the Snippets set of ephemera pieces. Attach the wire by poking it into the foam and then cover the foam with a base of moss so that it hides it completely. I then added the decorative dome to the base finial which I had altered in exactly the same way as before.
For the section on the right of the box, I used a Ornate frame, coloured with Treasure Gold Gilding Wax and placed a Photo Booth image behind it. The small price tag comes from the Snippets set of ephemera pieces and I just tied it on with some twine.

I added flowers to a larger corked vial to create a vase and crackled the outside in the same way as before but added different colours of alcohol ink to create a mercury glass effect. I then placed some Bouquet Findings inside the vase, coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain. 
The little stack of letters are all from the Snippets set and I just tied these together with some twine and added the keys.

To complete this section I added a pen nib, together with one of the Salvaged Dolls, slightly aged with some Gilding Wax and complete with added crown and wand from the Treasures Adornments set and the butterfly wings from the Snippets set.
On the left of the box, I added the butterfly cloche, complete with price tag, a Time Piece, an old dice I had in my stash and a crackled tiny glass vial with a light bulb. I also used a price ticket, again from the Snippets set of ephemera pieces and attached this to a memo pin before adding it to the cork from the glass vial which would hold it securely in place...
...and that completes my curiosity shop, which I hope you love as much as I loved making it! This really was a fun piece to create and will now stand in pride of place in my craft room!!
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 xxx


  1. totally awesome!! you rocked this weeks challenge xxx

  2. oh my goodness this is absolutely gorgeous! I have really enjoyed scrolling through this post :) Love the little glass dome and all of the details, very pretty :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Beautiful x I think it's a stunning effort as the remit was a book xxx going to have to look at some of tim's bits and bob's when I go shopping online later xxx

  4. My gosh, this is so fun, Emma. Every little detail and element is perfect. I love it!

    Cathie ♥

  5. What an amazing collection of curiosities, Emma! Beautiful boxes you put together, and lovely items you found to fill it with! Your creativity is so inspiring!! hugs, Maura

  6. Great Curiosity Shop... all those cool details I LOVE THEM all ... the colors on the vials amazing. Fun, fun, fun... the dome omg!!! I just got those adorable treasures... they were so adorable I bought two packs! Had a fun Tim Holtz shopping spree Friday OMG ... was so excited I spread it out on my bed to look at Joann's had a sale and had some of the new product... didn't get all I wanted BUT I did contribute to the economy!!! Plan to go to Stamp Show in Carson to continue my shopping fun !!

  7. Everything you make Emma is perfect!! I've had such a lovely time browsing around your shop, I would love to buy everything, but most of all, I LOVE the butterfly cloche. Brilliant creation! Nicola x
    ps (The mini feet are very sweet too!)

  8. Hi Emma, I had to come and 'see' you after seeing this on Instagram...Stunning, jaw-droppingly gorgeous..I LOVE ♥ it..xx

  9. Very pretty! So many details to discover at each look into it. Love how soft and delicate it turned out with the colors you have chosen. Hugs, Marzena

  10. Gorgeous Emma, I always love your attention to detail, that's what makes your pieces so special and beautifully put together. Tracy x

  11. How cool, Emma! I love how you handpicked the pieces to go inside this box, really neat compilation! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. Wow, this is amazingly beautiful Emma! I feel like I walked into a quaint vintage/antique shop. I loooove Tim's little goodies. I would love to make one just like this and hang it in my craft room. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  13. Wow, this is so pretty, Emma! It really looks like an antique shop. Stunning piece! Hugs, Sandra

  14. Ouch, I hurt myself when I fell off my chair in awe and amazement...wonderful piece yet again...genius

  15. This turned out so beautifully! I really like the direction you took with this challenge. Anytime I hear "curiosities" or "oddities," I look with one eye in case I'm traumatized by all sorts of creepy creations, but I love how you made this so elegant and classy and still totally unique. Well done once again!

  16. Emma I'm totally fascinated by all details of your work, amazing detail! I love how you built this project, I love the soft colors and I'm completely in awe for the little pack of letters with keys! BArbara

  17. Wow..this is such a fantastic creation, Emma. Your focus on the details is always amazing. Love this gorgeous piece! :)

  18. amazing as always Emma...truly a beautiful collection of old curiosities...hugs kath xxx

  19. This is stunning Emma! I love all those bits and pieces that you have placed into your beautiful boxes. And what a great idea to add the cutlery like that. Gorgeous!!!

  20. Wonderful, wonderful project!!!!!!!!

  21. Oh my what a beautiful moment I have just collected Emma ( ok a little more than a moment) . Detail, upon detail , upon detail of sheer delight - I could spend hours looking around your little curiosity shop -every town needs one - so much to see and lust over ( the butterfly cloche ♥ , the letters bound with twine and key....). You have not only stepped up to meet this weeks challenge , you have well n truly excelled in nailing it. Thank you so much Emma for the best time I have ever spent window shopping.
    Big big hugs my ever creative friend

  22. I love this, so charming!


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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