Monday 16 April 2018


Hello friends!

Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and happy Monday everyone! Of course, the start of a brand new week means that it's the start of a brand new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is called...Let's Doodle!

Doodling isn't something I do very often...I draw, I create but I don't really doodle ~ maybe with the exception of when I'm on the phone in one of those never ending queues waiting for my call to be answered, I might then be tempted to pick up a pen and doodle over the odd magazine photo or scrap of paper. But today was the day and with this fun theme in mind, I thought now was the time to get those pens out and start doodling and I created a layout using an absolutely adorable photo from Tim Holtz's Found Relatives and adding plenty of doodles. I also wanted to create a panel that told a story of this adorable young boy and his dreams for the future and so I incorporate some doodled words ~ imagine, dream and explore into this piece.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I used the Tim Holtz Guillotine from Tonic to cut a piece of watercolour card, approx 18 x 24 in size and used low tack masking tape to create a rectangular panel on my card, that is slightly off centre.

I then applied a wash of watered down Antique Linen Distress Paint, heat dried it and then blended a small amount of Pumice Stone, again slightly watered down and applied this over the top. Once the paint is dry, I then removed my low tack tape to reveal the panel.

I added torn pieces of tissue tape over the top of the painted block, applying a layer of Matte Collage Medium to secure them into place and allowing the tape to go outside the box in some areas. I then applied colour using Pumice Stone, Black Soot and Weathered Wood Distress Crayons onto the taped areas, blending out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe.
Once happy, I added some gesso using an old credit card to scrape it over the tape and keeping the gesso quite thick in some areas to create texture. I randomly stamped some text using the Script stamp from the Entomology set and then applied Grit Paste through the Mini Stitched Layering stencil, allowed it to dry before dry brushing gold paint over the top ~ the brush catches some areas but leaves others white, which I love. I also added some flicks of navy blue and gold paint over the background.

Now for the doodling and for this, I used a black Dylusions Paint pen and just doodled a border around the painted block, adding wording ~ imagine and explore and just letting the pen do the work.

Now moving onto the photo and after sanding the edges of the image, I added some more doodling using the white pen from the set. I also added some Snippets Ephemera pieces to the image, a mirrored star to his hat and lightly coloured his adorable little cheeks and his shirt collar using Distress Marker Pens.
I layered the image over the top of some torn pieces of corrugated card, that I painted with a wash of gesso and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink before adding a highlight of gold paint to accentuate the corrugation.

I then attached the image with foam pads to create dimension.

To create the rusty look on the gears, I painted each gear with Finnabair's Steampunk Copper Alchemy paint and then dabbed small amounts of Rust paste over the top. I then used the Black Soot Distress Crayon to add some darker tones to the metal before attaching the gears with Collage Medium and placing them around the photo.

I also added a Numeric adornment, again giving it a rusty appearance and a Story Stick.
To complete the background, I added a Remnant Rub, a pointy finger and some Adornments Stars which I doodled around. I also added some tiny doodled circles before mounting the panel onto chipboard that I painted black.
As my finishing touch, I added a Quote Chip, aged with some Vintage Collage Medium and attached this to the photo and adhered some Nailhead Findings to the top left and bottom right hand corners...
I hope this project has inspired you on how you can incorporate some doodling into your project and hope you've enjoyed the creative process, it was such a fun piece to create and I can't help but smile every time I look at that little boy's face ~ he is just the cutest!

Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx


  1. Beautiful! So many nice details. Love the story about the boy that you had in mind.

  2. I like a retro look yours art.This is beautiful!

  3. Gorgeous layout Emma :-) the little guy is adorable and I love the background and doodled words, absolutely fabulous! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Wonderful panel, Emma! Awesome on the doodling, it really adds a lot to this, and love the story behind the photo. I especially like how you've done the gear clusters! hugs, Maura

  5. Love love this look - I am going to check out your work here - I am a follower now - looking to try some new things in creating

  6. I love the doodling around the frame and photo - you have skills! Such a cute piece Emma and always done to perfection. Beauty is in the details!

  7. Emma,

    For someone who doesn't doodle, you sure adapt well! This is GORGEOUS and that particularly found relative is incredibly how adorable! You picked a good star for your show! Love the way you accented with doodles :D

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. I will never believe that you are a non-doodler! You've proven that doodling can be classy and just perfect for anyone's aesthetic. I really like how elegantly you created those frames and of course, your work is always flawless and full of inspiring details.

  9. What a piece of work and it’s all so detailed! Love your handwriting! You used a lot of products to create this and it all fits together. Gorgeous!



  10. this is so beautiful- I love everything about it-and you did a brilliant job of doodling your frames!

  11. This is so cute and romantic! I love the picture which matches perfectly the whole design. Your doodling is stunning and should be transformed into a frame stamps! Love your soft colors, which I am absolutely fan of. And I love all the hundred details you place as always. They seem to be made for that project. Hugs, Marzena

  12. Completely precious with that little guy and oh so cool too!

  13. Love this Emma. All those details combine to create such an wonderful piece.

  14. Absolutely ADORE! Every little detail (and there are so many to love) comes together to create a really stunning piece.
    This one is without doubt one of my all time faves of yours , Emma.

    Big hugs xx

  15. This is such a fabulous creation, Emma. Love all the fantastic details and your great doodling. :)

  16. This is wonderful in every way! I love the layers textures and doodling.

  17. Such a beautiful project Emma! Your doodled frames with the added words are really wonderful and adds such a great extra touch to the project.

  18. amazing project Emma, love your doodled frames and writing, hugs kath xxx

  19. I love, love, love, love, love...this project!! Every single detail is wonderful! That little boy all the way down to your writing and lovely, Ms. Emma!! ♥️

  20. Such a fabulous piece, Emma! Love the cute little sailor and the doodling frame is stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  21. This is one of my favorite of the new Found relatives! You created around this picture an incredible work full of fantastic details.... as always, my friend.... a masterpiece!

  22. The doodling looks amazing and I think it adds something to an already fabulous project


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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