Monday 27 November 2017

Merry & Bright...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT and we would love for you to join us and play along with this fun challenge!

For my project, I created a vintage style wallhanging perfect for Christmas which used an embroidery hoop as the frame. I included one of my favourite dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix called Candlelight and surrounded it with beautiful die cut foliage that shimmers and sparkles under the twinkling lights.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...


To begin with I took my 6.25" wooden embroidery hoop and gave it a coat of gesso. Once I'd dried the paint, I then moved onto adding some colour to the frame. I wanted to keep it quite neutral and vintage in it's feel, so I started by layering a coat of Antique Linen over the top. I then dried the paint before dry brushing a small amount of Frayed Burlap over the surface ~ you only want the brush to kiss the neutral colour, giving it a more antique feel to the wood.

Dry the painted frame once again and then I used a combination of Brushed Iron and Old Brass Alchemy Waxes over the top, applying them with my finger and just rubbing them onto random  areas of the frame. To complete the frame, I then used my finger to smear small amounts of Unicorn's Hair Paint onto the wood, which just gave the hoop a slight shimmer.
Putting the hoop to one side, I then cut a piece of canvas paper, measuring the same size as the hoop and added a coat of Antique Linen over the surface. I then dry brushed Frayed Burlap over the top before applying pieces of torn tissue tape onto the painted surface, concentrating on what will be the centre of the hoop.

I then applied some Collage Medium to the card, dried the surface before scraping a small amount of gesso over the top of the tissue tape. Once the gesso is thoroughly dry, I used Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce Crayons to add some colour and more depth to the background.

Once happy, I then placed the Starry Layering Stencil over the top and applied Grit Paste through the stencil directly onto the background. I let the paste dry before applying Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon over the surface of the embossed areas, blending the colour out with a damp fingertip. Flick small amounts of gold paint and Black Soot Distress Paint across the finished background and dry.
Now that the background is complete, I attached the card onto the back of the hoop using Matte Collage Medium.

Whilst this is adhering, I cut some foliage using a combination of the Holiday Greens and Festive Greens dies and cutting the greenery in a variety of greens and gold kraft card.
Using the splatter brush, splatter Picket Fence Distress paint across the foliage and then add some frosting to the tips, using Collage Medium and Rock Candy Glitter. At this stage, I also added some berries using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red.
For the candles, I used the Candlelight die and cut the pieces from chipboard. I then gave them a coat of gesso and once the medium was dry, I used Antique Linen, Old Paper and Pumice Stone Distress paints to add colour to the candles themselves and to the flames, I used Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade. To add some shimmer to the die cuts, I used a small amount of the Unicorn's Hair Sparks paint and just let my brush touch areas of the candles, so that it would pick up the smallest amounts of paint.
Once dry, I then inked the edges of each piece with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then built up the layers of my die cuts. To complete the candles, I added a touch of Golden Rod Stickles Glitter to the flames.

Now for the fun part of putting this all together and I started by attaching the candles, using foam to create dimension and placing them onto a bed of sisal fibres and cheesecloth which I dyed using Antique Linen and Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain.
I then arranged the greenery around the candles.
I attached a Christmas Word Band over the top of the candles which I'd altered with Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol Ink and then accentuated the wording with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
For the finishing touches, I added a couple of mirrored stars, again altered with the Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol ink and the Christmas Clippings...December 25th ~ The Candles Glimmer.
To complete the frame, I tied a loop through the bar at the top and added a bow and two of the pinecone adornments, which again were altered with alcohol ink....

...and that completes this week's project! A piece of home decor that is full of dimension and plenty of shimmer and shine!
As always, I hope you love the project I've created and enjoyed how I built up the layers to create the dimension on this piece. If you do need any further inspiration, then 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

Heat Gun
Cheesecloth, sisal fibres and embroidery hoop from my own stash


  1. oh WOW!! this is absolutely stunning Emma! the frame is lovely and the candles and all of the details are gorgeous :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Wonderful wonderful project Emma, love the vintage feel and all the gorgeous colors and textures !! Thank you so much for all your beautiful comments on my blog, hugs !!

  3. This is a beautiful masterpiece, Emma! I love the antiqued frame and all the gorgeous greenery around the candles. Gosh, it's fun to see what you create each week. This is amazing!

    Cathie ♥

  4. this is wonderful! I feel so inspired by your layering and attention to detail Emma! Thank you for sharing your craft.

  5. OMG! I am in awe! The embroidery hoop turned out beautiful. What a beautiful colors (as always!) and the whole composition. The candles are fabulous and the touch of shimmer gold on the leaves is such a perfect finish. Hugs, Marzena

  6. What a beautiful piece! TFS Emma!

  7. Oh Emma, what a gorgeous piece of ART...I love your use of an embroidery frame....I have some hidden in the loft somewhere...that I really must find!! Love

  8. This is absolutely stunning!!! Those candles look amazing placed into the embroidery hoop with your design!!!

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love your step by step tutorial as well...thanks so much for sharing it!

  10. Your Christmas makes are so adorable, I love them! Thank you for sharing them ... I'm now inpired to make my own.

  11. Your Christmas makes are so adorable, I love them! Thank you for sharing them ... I'm now inpired to make my own.

  12. Wonderful! I love how you've have framed all this beauty with the embroidery hoop, Emma. Those drippy candles are great, and love how you tuck in the plants! Maura

  13. Think my heart skipped a beat when I saw this absolutely beautiful piece of art, Emma and I really am finding it hard to find the words ........ Exquisite, Classy , Sophisticated and without a shadow of a doubt beyond STUNNING! I leave you lots of ♥'x for this one .
    Big hugs x

  14. Wow, what an amazing Christmas wall hanging! You have created such an elegant setting for those pretty candles and I love all the shimmer and shine of the foliage - stunning 😁. Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

  15. Emma...I'm in awe at every project you create...but this...THIS...I simply don't have or know the proper words to give it justice. It's one of the most beautiful Christmas Art pieces that I have seen!!! I got a hoop gonna try it...You know what I think of you, my Sweet Talented are AMAZING! Lots of hugs and have a wonderful weekend xxx Simona

  16. Love love love this gorgeous holiday decor, Emma. All the Christmas elements and details on this piece are amazing. :)

  17. stunning project Emma, those candles are truly amazing...hugs kath xxx

  18. What a gorgeous piece! I've said it before: I can't even imagine how beautiful your house must be with all of these stunning creations decorating it. I especially love the warmth (no pun intended) in this one and how you made it look so inviting even without a human being in it!

  19. As always Emma I could spend hours and hours to admire your work and its details! Stunning creation! Barbara

  20. Stunning project Emma! Love the fabulous candles and the greenery around it! So pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  21. this is CLASSIC! love it! it is beyond stunning!!

  22. Had so much fun making this as a gift. the instructions are great, had no problem figuring out what I was doing from you coaching. I will post a pic in Addicts after they get their gift. thanks as always for sharing.


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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