Monday 13 November 2017

Santa Will Know...

Hello friends...

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead! Today, we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our theme is called IT’S A STITCH UP! We can't wait to see how you will interpret the challenge and how you will include stitching on your's going to be fun and hope you'll join us!

For my project, I chose to stitch paper as I haven't really used my machine for a long, long time...I can stitch in a straight line and years ago when I was at school I did make my own clothes and home decor pieces in class but since then...papercraft and paint has taken over my life and I haven't really ventured into sewing but the one thing I do love is to create stitched borders on the edges of my paper, I just think it creates that perfect finishing touch. So, with this in mind, I decided to make a home decor project, using many of my favourite Tim Holtz products and use my machine to stitch around the paper.


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

To begin with I wanted to die my burlap panel a lovely shade of red and used Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain to obtain this. I sprayed the stain directly onto the panel and then set it aside to dry whilst I work on the rest of the project.

For the next stage, I cut a panel of the gorgeous paper from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash and machine stitched a couple of times around the outside. I then matted my paper onto a panel of gold metallic kraft card, leaving a border showing and attached this with Matte Collage Medium onto the centre of my dry burlap panel.

For the next layer, I used a Vignette Panel, which I painted red using Candied Apple Distress Paint, before sanding the edges back a little and adding a touch of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax. I cut a second panel of co-ordinating paper from the Christmas Paper Stash and again, machine stitched around the outside before adhering this piece onto my red Vignette Panel using the Collage Medium.

Matt the completed panel onto a piece of Christmas Kraft card and then mount the finished layers onto the centre of the covered burlap panel.

Next, I took the word "Believe" from the Christmas Typography set and coloured the lettering with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink before adding some Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edges. Attach the lettering to the top section of the panel.
I then added some ephemera pieces just below, attaching them with Collage Medium and adding a Remnant Rub and a Christmas Clippings Sticker. I also added a Mirrored Star, altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
Now for all those embellishments and to begin with I made some "logs" for my little boy to sit on ~ these are actually made from the wood effect paper in the Christmas Paper Stash which I rolled up into paper rolls and then cut into various sizes before layering them and piling them up to create the little seat. You can just about see these in the photo below. I also smeared some Grit Paste onto the ends of each "log" using my fingers before sprinkling the paste with Rock Candy Glitter.
Attach the logs at the base of the vignette panel and I also added some Christmas Fringe Trim beneath them.

To create my scene, I then added a wood slice, topped off with more Grit Paste covered with Rock Candy Glitter and some die cut foliage, cut using green kraft card from the Classic Kraft Paper Stash. To give a frosty look to the foliage, I applied a little Picket Fence Distress Paint to the ends of each die cut piece, lightly brushed some collage medium over the top and then dipped the foliage into the glitter. Allow the foliage to dry before arranging them on the panel and adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops to create the berries on the ends of the foliage pieces.
For the next layer, I added a small corked vial bottle, filled with glass beads and attached this over the top of the wood slice, placing it so that it sits on one of the logs.
I then coloured the gorgeous little Paper Doll figure, using Distress Marker Pens and attached him so he sits on the logs.
To complete the scene I used the poinsettia from the Festive Greens die set and die cut two poinsettias from gold metallic kraft card. Layer the flower pieces over the top of one another, slightly offsetting them and shape the petals before punching out two more petals using the Sizzix Daisy Flower punch and layering these inside. To complete the poinsettia, I coloured three Beaded Berries with Candied Apple Paint and attached these as the centres to the flower before placing and attaching the flower over the top of my logs. I completed the piece by adding a couple of gumdrops, altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and placing them on either side of the central arrangement.
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


  1. I can't tell you how beautiful I find your work Emma! Always stunning and inspiring, Thanks so much for Sharing.

  2. Oh my how adorable, chalked full of techniques ... You Know the drill ... #ProductQueenstrikesagain <3

  3. Gorgeous project Emma :-) the little guy is adorable and the papers and details are all fabulous, love your seeing too :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. So beautiful, Emma! I love everything about this piece. Your creations are so balanced and perfect each and every time. It's amazing, and such a treat to see what you come up with each week. You are truly the master at putting every element of Tim's product lines together. Absolutely stunning!

    Cathie ♥

  5. okay the paper logs are genius Emma. The poinsettia is stunning. I love the addition of the punch flowers - that makes so my sense, I trying that!!

  6. So pretty! The red canvas is amazing and so vibrant. I love the paper you used on the background and the stitching edges. Great use of TH details. Hugs, Marzena

  7. Beautiful, beautiful piece, Emma! It is like a glimpse into childhood of long ago, just a delight! Love how you framed it all on the red burlap along with all those frosty touches! hugs, Maura

  8. Awesome! I love all the layers!

  9. I like this entire piece of artwork but I think the paper logs are just genius. Thanks for sharing.

  10. This is absolutely charming Emma - your chosen paper doll - well shes just the cutest and she looks so at home sat amongst all those fabulous christmasy elements. I can here her shouting 'Mummy look at me!'glowing with pride! Always love your stitched edges. big hugs x

  11. Beautiful Christmastime panel! The colours are glorious and I love all the details you included - amazing 😁. Wishing you a great week! J 😊

  12. WOW! You are such a star, Emma! I love everything about this piece! You placed every single piece of ephemera perfectly!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  13. Emma, this is so wonderful!!! LOVE every detail!!!

  14. stunning canvas Emma, that little paper doll with her chubby legs is just so adorable...hugs kath xxx

  15. As always, this is impeccable! I love the way you master 3D art and include so many layers. You really do have a talent for bringing products to life (especially incorporating embellishments in new and interesting ways)!

  16. Love all the beautiful Christmas elements and details on this canvas, Emma. Such a brilliant design! :)

  17. omg the baby paper doll is simply PERFECT for this project!! Love it!

  18. What a super cool project, Emma! Love the cute baby paper doll and all the fabulous embellishments, so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Love the bright color Emma, red frame is fantastic and the baby Paper doll are absolutely perfect for this panel! As always I adore the details! great great work my friend! barbara

  20. This is such a wonderful piece! I found it via a search for typography + alcohol inks which just goes to show how helpful your blog posts are. Thank you for sharing your expertise!!


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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