Monday, 18 December 2017

Party In Style...

Hello friends and welcome to the final Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of 2017 because the team are having a little break over the next two weeks but hasn't this year flown by? I can't quite believe it's only a week to go until Christmas Day...

But if you do have some creative time, then why not play along with us for this week's's called PARTY and is running for 2 WHOLE WEEKS, ending on the 1st January, so you have plenty of time to join in!

For my project, I created a gift box and gift tag using some gorgeous Tim Holtz products and dies that I cut with something everyone needs, the Sidekick! I thought these would be idea to place on my Christmas table, using the tag as a name place setting and filling the box full of treats.
So, let's get started and here's how I created this week's project...

To begin with I made a box from Little Sizzles Mat Board. This is a really substantial surface and perfect for stamping and adding paint to. If you don't have a box or haven't got time, then you can use any box of your choice, whether it's patterned or plain, it will work and you can use the same techniques to decorate.

Once my box was cut and whilst it's still flat and not made up, I painted it with black gesso. Heat dry the gesso thoroughly before moving onto the stamping.

For this I used the Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp set and stamped the image randomly over the painted surface using Versamark Ink. I then sprinkled the wet ink with gold embossing powder and heat embossed my snowflakes.

I then made up my flat packed box and added some Alchemy Wax to the edges to give a more vintage feel.
To decorate the top of the box, I used the Holiday and Festive dies from Tim Holtz to die cut gold metallic kraft card and green kraft card using the Sidekick. I then frosted the ends of all the foliage by brushing Collage Medium over the tips and dipping into Rock Candy Glitter.

Tie some of the metallic trimmings gold ribbon around the box and arrange the foliage around the bow. To complete the box, I added some Bauble Findings.
Now to move onto the tag...
Once again I used my Sidekick and the tag die that is provided in the starter kit, to cut a tag from Heavyweight Mixed Media card. I inked the tag with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

I then cut some more foliage using the Festive and Holiday dies and also cut a poinsettia pieces from red kraft card. I layered the two sections of my poinsettia die cut, slightly offsetting each of them and frosted the edges of the flower with Rock Candy Glitter.
To create the centre of the flower, I used the Spiky flower punch to punch gold metallic kraft card and again layered two sections over the top of one another before attaching them to the middle of the red flower. To complete the flower I added a Bauble Finding.
Finally, I added a Christmas Clipping Sticker and some metallic ribbon through the hole of the tag.
So, that completes my final project of 2017 and I hope you love what I've created.
As always, 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 I want to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and followers a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018!

Love Emma xxx


  1. Oh ended up this year with another stunning creation!!! This box alone would be a perfect gift...and the tag as place setting is a great and classy idea! As always...outstanding job, my friend...wishing you and your loved ones a Wonderful Christmas! Lots of hugs xxx Simona

  2. This box is beyond elegant! The mix of black and golden is amazing and it seems even more misterious! Wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! Hugs, Marzena

  3. Love these Emma! Your Christmas table is going to look fabulous and I am sure everyone will enjoy opening a little surprise at the table! I wonder what is going to be in them! :-)

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a fabulous 2018!! :-)
    Lols x x x

  4. The box and tag are beautiful and elegant.

  5. Wow, the box and tags are gifts in their own right, just beautiful. Have a great week, a merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year 2018. Hugs, Valerie

  6. I can only image how beautiful your Christmas table will be. I know it will be stunning with the gorgeous and elegant gift boxes and tags. What a treat for all who will be there. Have a very Merry Christmas, Emma, and a Happy New Year!

    Cathie ♥

  7. Beautiful creations, love the glittered die cuts.

  8. So beautiful , love the layers on the flower are gorgeous! Can't believe it's end of year... what a wonderful year it has been seeing this inspiration every Monday. Thank you so much <3

  9. OK, so I do love opening gifts- but really, I could just look at this oh so elegant box and be so happy. Gorgeous box and tag Emma. Best wishes for a beautiful holiday season and thanks for all the DT inspiration!

  10. Hi Emma, oh my these are beautiful. How wonderful to receive a box and tag like this...LOVE them. xxx

  11. Emma, I love everything you do all year long! You are an inspiration with every post, THANK YOU!!! Merry Christmas!

  12. Oh so elegant and gorgeous! Thank you for all the inspiration this Christmas...the best yet!

  13. Stunning gift box and tag, Emma! What a lucky recipient! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. Stunning work as always!!! Your creations are so inspirational and your talent never ending! I wish you all the joys of the Holiday season...
    Paper Talk with Samra

  15. What gorgeous pieces to add to your holiday decor, Emma! The box is beautifully elegant in the gold embossing with the foliage on top, and the tag is wonderful! Love all the foliage layers, and the gold and poinsettia, and then you frosted it! Beautiful!! Thanks for your card - it is always fun getting mail from far away. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful and joyous new year! hugs, Maura

  16. How absolutely beautiful these are! I am always in awe of the way you can make any color palette shine! And the layers on the poinsettia are incredible. I love to see your work and wish you every good thing in 2018!

  17. Wow... love these gorgeous gift box and gift tag, Emma. The flower on the tag is so elegant! Wish you a very happy new year! :)

  18. Amazing Emma! love everything of this project! Colors, details, design..great work my friend! barbara

  19. I forgot: it's always the same thing... I always adore your projects! Barbara

  20. stunning festive table projects Emma...hugs kath xxx

  21. I don't know what project I love more, if the tag or the gift box! Everything is so perfectly made!!! Love it!

  22. Time for me to do a mega catch up!! this is absolutely beautiful and I can just imagine these decorating your lovely festive table and I guess you could adapt this to suit any other celebration! I love the thought and attention to detail your pieces have and I know how hard you work.
    Congratulations on another inspirational year and I really do hope that you have an amazing and better one in 2018.


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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