Monday, 5 February 2018

Love Is In The Air...

Hi everyone...

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the week ahead and also, I hope you're all ready for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge because this week, the team are showcasing Carabelle Studio products and combining it with our theme ~ LOVE IS IN THE AIR! So, however you choose to interpret this challenge we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along!

For my project, I created a panel that features the quote "Follow Your Heart" and it inspired me to design this project all about a little boy, who has a heart full of love and plenty of dreams for the future...
So, let's's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas card, 20 x 16cm and began to create my textured background. I started with some randomly torn strips of tissue tape, which I applied to the central area of the card and then brushed some Matte Collage Medium over the top. I then added some colour using Distress Crayons, scribbling the Victorian Velvet, Black Soot and Vintage Photo Crayons directly onto the taped area and blending them out with my fingertip and a semi dry wet wipe. 

To create more layers, I then inked up the stamp from the Entomology Stamp Set and stamped this onto random areas of the background.

Once I was happy with the colour, I then applied Grit Paste through the Constellations Stencil to create the texture. I allowed the paste to dry before adding some more colour using watercolour paint, that I applied directly over the top of the paste using the Metallic Accents Paint set and always concentrating in the central area of the background. I also added some flicks of paint to the background using the same colours from the palette, together with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Gently heat dry the painted area, do not overheat as this might bubble the paste.

Once dry, I inked the edges of the card and added some torn strips of Design Tape and a Clippings Sticker to the corners. I then matted the background onto black card, followed by kraft card.
I now have my background to layer the details onto and to start I created a tag, using the tag die from the Side Kick Starter Set and inking the tag with Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink Pads. I stamped the Love definition quote from the Love Struck Stamp set onto the tag, added some twine through the hole reinforcer and then matted it onto kraft card and then mounted it onto the central area of my background, using foam pads for dimension.

I then used the Industrial die to die cut some gears from chipboard which I covered with Metal Foil Tape. Once I had enough gears, I used Rust, Gold Mixative and Pitch Black Alcohol Inks to alter the surface to create a rusty appearance. 
I then layered my gears across the page and at this stage, I also added some metal embellishments, Sprocket Gears and Rustic Gears which I thought complimented the die cuts perfectly.
To complete this section, I also added some nails from my tool box that I altered in colour using some more of the alcohol inks and some Tim Holtz Hex Fasteners, together with some knobs and some mini hardware pieces from Prima.
For the heart that I've used, I covered some more chipboard with metal foil tape and then used the Heartfelt die to die cut the heart. I then ran the die cut through my machine in the Rivets Embossing Folder before adding colour using Red Pepper and Mushroom Alcohol Inks. To create a more worn look to the metal work, I then sanded the raised areas and inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Crayon.

I mounted the heart onto my tag and then attached an Arrow Adornment, altered with alcohol inks, and placed this across the heart before attaching my little boy (this image is in the brand new set of Paper Dolls) which I colour tinted with Distress Marker Pens.

I finished my layout by adding a quote chip ~ Follow Your Heart, some star adornments and a couple of Nailhead findings which I added to the corners.
So, that completes this week's project and as always, I hope you'e enjoyed the creative process and loved the piece I've designed!
You can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and don't forget that 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'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Carabelle Studios: Constellation Stencil
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Heartfelt, Industrial, Rivets and Diamond Plate Texture Fade
Tim Holtz Stamps: Love Struck, Entomology
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Vintage PhotoFrayed BurlapAntique Linen
Distress Crayons: Victorian VelvetVintage Photo and Black Soot
Heat Gun
Canvas card and sisal fibres from my own stash


  1. I will begin by apologising for sounding like a stuck record as everything I have said before about your creations I find myself saying again, Emma (just wish I had as many words to express as you have creative ideas) . This is absolutely stunning ! All the texture, all those layers, all those grungy gears are such an ideal setting for your young boy looking out to the future with love and hope in his heart.
    Another Masterpiece ♥♥♥
    Big hugs for a great week ahead .( message on its way ) x

  2. I agree with the last comment, Emma - another masterpiece!.
    i love all the wonderful layers you create! Your tutorials ae so well written and easy to follow. Always an inspiration!

  3. Fabulous project! I love everything about it. Well done!

  4. Your work is so glorious. I love everything you create.

  5. Emma, you astound me with the creative talent you show here every time! Love, love this beautiful panel. Somehow, you always know how the mix the textures, colors and images to perfection. The heart with the boy really pop with your background, and brilliant to seat him on that cupid's arrow! Of course, the steampunk element with the gears and all adds a wonderful touch! hugs, Maura

  6. just masterful. I don't know how you do it Emma. You just hit it out of the ballpark every single time (that's a good thing in the US). Love to see what your mind comes up with on each challenge and SO VERY glad that SSS gives you the forum to share it on a weekly basis. Thank you for sharing your exceptional work.

  7. Perfection again, Emma! This is so amazing....all the textures, colors and use of idea-ology leaves me speechless. Each week is a treat to see what you create and I'm never disappointed. Beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  8. Absolutely STUNNING..... just beautiful!

  9. Love this piece! So beautiful! As always!

  10. Wonderful! This gives me an idea for a card for my son.

  11. Absolutely GORGEOUS panel Emma!! the background is fabulous and I love the little boy sitting on the arrow. The whole design of this is such an inspiration and brilliant! :-)

    Lols x x x

  12. Wow, i am so inspired by all that i am seeing on this hop! I have a great vintage photo (about 80yrs old) of my mom and her brother and what great memory this would be of them. Thank you!

  13. I love all the layers! Thank you for sharing!!! 😍

  14. Emma, I always love reading about your process for these wonderful pieces you create layer by layer. I love how you have used alcohol inks to color the foil tape, such an amazing look it created. That boy is so great sitting atop the heart and arrow. LOVE ❤️

  15. Pinned this absolute stunner! LOVE every detail, every detail!!! Gorgeous!

  16. I am intrigued by the white dots in the background that set everything up to a glorious accent!

  17. Love the paste idea to create dimensions- adds so much more than just embossing!

  18. Wow!!This is just fabulous Emma!!
    Jackie xo

  19. That is amazing. And I guess I keep repeating that each week :-) but what can I say if all your projects are really fabulous? Here I love the bright and romantic background with the tiny dots texture contrasting with the rusty and industrial look of the gears. The red embossed heart is a final touch of the whole design. Hugs, Marzena

  20. Stunning project, Emma! I love all the sprockets and how you embossed the heart to make it look more "industrial" to fit the look!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  21. I am so in love with your style; so creative and interesting with so many layers!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous piece of art! Love all the lush layers and imagery you used! Thanks for the inspiration! xo Cheetarah

  23. I'm just baffled that you are able to come up with one fabulous creative piece of art after another, each one better than the next. (As if that's even possible!) I love the rusty colors and steampunk vibe. What an inspiration!

  24. It's hard to comment on this Emma 'cos it's beyond fabulous, and amazing. It's not just how you've brilliantly put it together, it's how you thought of it. So everything that Amanda said, and then some! Have a lovely weekend, Sue xx

  25. Stunning panel! The layers and details are so amazing and so beautifully put together - I love it 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

  26. Amazing project-I love your art!

  27. I swear, Emma! You are one of the talented artists that makes me wish my computer had a built-in touch feature because I always want to feel the gorgeous textures you create. Hopefully that didn't sound weird or creepy. All I'm saying is that I love you way you create depth and use so many awesome materials in your work!

  28. I am always at loss of words when it comes to your projects. I hate using the same words over and over and I wish I could just swallow an entire english dictionary just to let you know how impressive are your projects -- but sadly I refuse to use google translate, is my lame comment: this is amazing!
    But it truly is amazing. You are SO talented.

  29. love all those rusty gears and that beautiful heart makes the whole thing pop, hugs kath xxx

  30. Love love love your gorgeous creation, Emma. All the rusty gears and embellishments are fantastic! Great inspiration! :)

  31. I will be repetitive but the words that resonate in my mind are always the same: Masterpiece! I agree with Paula! Every week you are able to amaze and raise the bar. Personally, your projects always inspire me, they are so full of original and beautifully constructed details! Thank you for sharing your art with us my friend! Barbara

  32. Super stunning piece, Emma! Love the gorgeous layers and the gears are amazing! Love the little fellow in the middle. Hugs, Sandra


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Emma ~xx

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