Monday, 8 May 2017

Side By Side...

Hello friends! Can you believe it's Monday already? These weeks are flying by at the moment but as always the start of a brand new week means the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our theme is called...IT'S A FRAME UP!

So however you decide to interpret this fun challenge we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join in!

For my project this week, I was inspired to create a vintage wallhanging, which tells a story all about love, family and being side by side. I used an old embroidery hoop as my frame which I altered with Distress Paint and created the look of embroidered material on the background with Grit Paste.

So, it's time for a new challenge and here's how I created this project!
I began with my 20cm (8") embroidery hoop and wanted to create a worn, aged look to the I applied a coat of gesso over the top and allowed it to dry before starting to layer my Distress Paints beginning with Walnut Stain. Add the paint over the entire surface of the hoop and dry, then I added a very thin layer of Ground Espresso. This was so thin, it's hardly there but it gives a richness to the previous layer. Once this layer was dry, I then went in with Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze and dry brushed the paint over random areas of the hoop. Again heat dry before lightly sanding the wood to remove some of the paint.

Once I was happy with the finish, I moved onto my background and started by cutting a circle of acrylic canvas paper measuring 20cm in diameter. I applied a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top and then added layers of Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood, blending the paints together with my fingers to provide a seamless wash of colour.

Heat dry the surface before scraping a layer of gesso over the top ~ I used an old out of date credit card for this and just drag the gesso down the paper. Again dry the layer of paint and then using Distress Crayons I wanted to add some darker tones ~ I used Pumice Stone, Black Soot and Broken China.

To add some texture to the background and to create the feel of embroidery I used Grit Paste which I applied through the Roses Layering Stencil onto three areas of my background, creating a perfect balance. I allowed the paste to dry before brushing Tumbled Glass Distress Paint over the top. 
I dried the paint again and then went in with the crayons, Pumice Stone and Tumbled Glass which really made the raised areas pop. I then added small amounts of gesso using my fingertips before smearing light amounts of Vintage Silk Wax over the top.

I attached the hoop onto the background and was now ready to start creating my scene.

For this I used the Botanical Layers ephemera and a Paper Dolls image. I wanted to purposely keep the image in the sepia tones as I wanted it to have a contrast to the bright flowers.

I attached some pieces directly onto the background using Collage Medium and then built up dimension with the next layer using foam pads.
I also added some delicate layered butterflies, which are punched from the Wallflower Vellum Stash.
To create the base for the family to stand on, I used pieces of driftwood. I applied small amounts of Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the wood and once again, sanded back the edges. I then stuck the wood over a base of cheesecloth which I coloured with Iced Spruce and Crushed Olive Distress Spray Stain.

For the texture, I used Mini Art Stones and small beads and attached them to the wood with 3D Gel. Once the gel was dry, I then added Fairy Wings and Dragon's Eye Sparks paint over the top.
Finally, I added the quote using Clippings Stickers to the driftwood and 28 Lilac Lane sequins scattered around the image applied directly to the background.
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

Recipe for project:

Heat Gun
Cheesecloth, Canvas Paper, Driftwood Pieces and Embroidery Hoop from my own stash


  1. Gorgeous work of art Emma! I love how you used an embroidery hoop and the background and family are fabulous :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. WOW Emma this is such an inspirational the way you framed the picture with flowers, gorgeous yummy background texture and the step with the green gauze...simply fabulous
    Dr Sonia

  3. This is so pretty, Emma! All the fine details are perfect. I love the bits of texture here and there and the sentiment along with the image is so heartwarming. I love it!

    Cathie ♥

  4. Cool idea with the embroidery hoop, Emma! It makes it look like it's been sewn in places. Love the touches like the bits of wood. Wonderful! Maura

  5. Amazing. Love the shape and the emboidery frame. The background is so soft and vintage, perfect for all the details placed on the front. Hugs, Marzena

  6. I love this so much Emma - what I find so intriguing is the driftwood base and art stones all built up to create a natural environment. Seriously clever and you know how much I LOVE clever.

  7. Love the embroidery loop as a frame! Such great detailing on this piece! Bravo, Emma! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Emma your vintage wall hanging is amazing ... what a breath taker. Your idea using a old embroidery hoop what a clever idea. And the built up dimension with the next layer using foam pads. This is a picture to be recon with. I love it!!!

  9. I love how you altered the embroidery hoop and used it as a frame. It's stunning!!

  10. Hi Emma, this is absolutely stunning, I love it. What a great way to use an embroidery

  11. You've made a lovely altered embroidery hoop filled with what matters most...grit, just kidding-FAMILY! What a fabulous project! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. I love your project Emma, and the embroidery hoop is a perfect frame. The mossy wooden shelf they stand on looks amazing and I love the sentiments too.

  13. Once again, Emma, you have achieved a genius status! I love how you thought outside of the box (in terms of shape) and went with a gorgeous round frame! What a great upcycling masterpiece and I love artwork that incorporates actual pieces of the past in a new unique way!

  14. gorgeous as always Emma...what a great idea to make an embroidery hoop into a classic keepsake...hugs kath xxx

  15. Such a gorgeous project Emma! Your style is so unique! Love it!

  16. This is such a gorgeous creation, Emma. All the details and the whole design are amazing. :)

  17. As always Emma... you've created a stunning piece! Love every little detail, colors are fabulous, love the frame you chosen!Barbara

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! Emma. You have the knack of choosing and using just the right colours, stencils, mediums, elements and embellishments to make any art you create truly shine - this beauty shows this to the max. Love everything about it.
    Thank you for warming my heart with your creativity .
    big hugs xx

  19. This is perfect and I think the embroidery hoop is just perfect


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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