Monday 24 April 2017

Past Times...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is called WE'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER and this is an easy challenge to follow because all you need to do to enter is add a number to your project!

This week, I used a mini clipboard to create a project that was full of vintage nostalgia and used one of the gorgeous Paper Dolls as my focal point! I was actually inspired by two of my favourite TV shows of recent years, Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey and wanted to recreate the era of this image which to me told a story of two elegant young women in the year of 1925...the year of the Paris Exposition and a time of rapidly changing fashion, where dress hems were rising and silhouettes were changing!'s time for a new challenge!
Using the mini clipboard as my base I began by removing the clip from the board so that I could cover the main surface with paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash. I attached the paper with Collage Medium, also adding a coat of the medium over the surface of the paper. Once dry, I used sandpaper to burnish the edges and create a smooth finish. I then added Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the raw edges around the outside of the board, allowing it to dry thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.

To create a more vintage, worn feel to the board I used my fingertip to apply some gesso around the edges of the paper and then using a Collage Glue Stick, I ran the glue around the edges and then, using the gold Vintage Foil Transfer Sheets, applied the foil (shiny side uppermost) over the top of the tacky glue so that it just caught random areas of the board.
For the clip, I altered this to a copper colour using Rust and Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink and applying the ink using the Applicator tool, making sure I got into all the nooks of the clip.

I attached the clip back onto the board and then added a Sprocket Gear, again coloured with Alcohol Ink to the middle of the clip before applying a little more Transfer Foil over the top of the inked metal.
To complete the clip, I attached a Quote Chip which I aged with a little Vintage Collage Medium and I also attached a piece from the Botanical Layers set.
Now to move onto the focal point of this project and to begin with I took one of the Salvaged Boards and just ran my Sanding Tool over the top to create a more aged, worn effect. I attached the board onto the clipboard using foam pads and then used the Doily 2 die to die cut a piece of card from the Classic Kraft Paper Stash. Place the doily onto the centre of salvaged board and then, to build up the central panel, I added some sisal fibres, one of the Ruler Pieces cut down to size and complete with Index Fasteners on each side and a Paper Doll, which I lightly coloured with a wash of Distress Marker Pens and attached with foam pads to add even more dimension.
To complete this part of the board, I placed two butterflies and a couple of the floral pieces from the Snippets Ephemera set.
Finally, I needed to add the year and my numbers and for this I used Letterpress Blocks. I wanted the blocks to be all the same colour so I coloured them with Black Soot Distress Paint. I then added a some Raven Black Sparks paint over the top before applying Dragon's Eye Sparks paint to each of the numbers. To complete the numbers and tone them into my project, I applied a small amount of Rose Gold Wax over the top before attaching the blocks to my board.
As a finishing touch, I attached the Nailhead Findings either side.
I really hope you've been inspired by my 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....

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


  1. Oh Emma this is beautiful. If you'd had 1922 on here I would have begged to have bought it off you as it is the year of my Nan's birth. I just love everything to do with this project. I'll see what I can come up with to try and play along with this theme

  2. What a beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

  3. Wonderful piece Emma...The Mini Clipboard and red Baseboard are perfect for the background of the ladies. I haven't used Letterpress in a while - time to break out a package!

  4. As usual those layers are amazing and the little details the fibers and that doily ... yummy !!

  5. Emma, this is so you and so beautiful! Your style is always so amazing and all the fine details are so much fun to see. Love it!

    Cathie ♥

  6. The background history of this project is very interesting I love all the details and colors, as always. The texture and dimensions are awesome! Hugs, Marzena.

  7. so beautiful!!! I love the vintage feel. =)

  8. I love the way this turned out! It is so elegant and as always, your pieces invoke emotion and a sense of appreciation for the past. I admire the way you preserve the past!

  9. Wow Emma this is so beautiful!!! Love the vintage look...just perfect! Hugs xxx

  10. Absolutely beautiful vintage piece of art,
    Sarita x

  11. Great project, Emma, from the clipboard to the vintage photo and that you have them standing on the ruler, and the 1925. You have such a talent for pulling it all together into one amazing project! hugs, Maura

  12. Gorgeous clipboard Emma, I love the vintage theme, the whole design is fabulous 😍❤️❤️

    Lols x x x

  13. beautiful project the nostalgic look you achieved on this masterpiece...hugs kath xxx

  14. Lovely piece Emma! It has such a great vintage feel to it and I love all the details and layered elements here. Great idea to add the year with letterpress numbers.

  15. Love your gorgeous creation, Emma. The embellishments and the whole design are stunning! :)

  16. As always there's a wonderful story in your project! love this, it's so inspirational! The details are amazing, love the clip, the numbers.... Fab work my dear friend! barbara

  17. LOVE the clipboard as the substrate. These ladies are rocking it...gorgeous embellies too.

  18. Emma, you have taken your inspiration and created such a gorgeous project full of vintage nostalgia. Pulling all those well chosen and altered elements together so effortlessly has resulted in a Vintage Gem!
    Big big hugs xx


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Emma ~xx

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