Monday 30 April 2018

Step Back In Time...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, our theme is called Time Out and all we want you to do is create something that is time related ~ there are so many ways to interpret this challenge, you might want to use a clock or watch or you might want to create a layout showing a day when you took some time out or if you're like me, you may want to step back in time and create a piece that reminds you of days gone by.

So when I was thinking of idea's for this challenge, I kinda knew where I wanted to go with it ~ I wanted to create something circular, and I wanted to step back in time but it was only when I started creating it that I suddenly had that light bulb moment and thought ~ 'how cool would it be to replicate a clock face" and with that in mind, it all fell into place and this project came to life. Also, I always like to give my characters names and today, I'd like you to meet two friends ~ Clarice and Martha, lol!
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I took my 8" circular panel ~ I actually had this mdf panel in my stash but you can easily recreate the shape by cutting a circle of paper and mounting it onto chipboard. I then prepped the surface with gesso and heat dried it before adding my paint layers.

I started with a layer of Antique Linen, followed by some Pumice Stone Distress Paint. I usually blend the colours with my fingers. Once the paint was dry, I then added random pieces of torn tissue tape directly onto the background ~ this will give me a base for my main focal point.

To add some more layers and depth, I then used a combination of Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Crushed Olive and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the top of the taped area, blending out the colours with my fingertips.
Next, I added scrapings of gesso, set it with a heat tool and then used my trusty script stamp from the Entomology set, stamping randomly over the background to add some more layers. Finally, I flicked Black Soot Distress Paint and gold paint across the surface.

For the next stage, I needed to make the numbers and used the Cutout Script die to die cut the numbers 1-12 from a piece of chipboard that I had pre-gessoed. Taking each of the numbers, I then heat embossed them to create an enamelled effect, applying a layer of gold embossing powder over the top of clear embossing ink and then inking again before adding a sprinkling of Gunmetal.
Attach the numbers around the outside of the circular panel using Matte Collage Medium and then using a Black Soot Distress Marker Pen, add some shadowing around the numbers, blending the colour out with a semi dry baby wipe.
At this stage, I also added some shading around the edge using a combination of Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Crayons.
Moving onto the central section, I began by attaching some Botanical Layers Ephemera directly onto the background, using Collage Medium. I dried the medium before outlining the ephemera pieces with the Black Soot Distress Crayon.
Using a twig from my garden, I attached the twig over a bed of sisal fibres and placed this onto the background. I then colour tinted a Paper Doll image with Distress Marker Pens, and attached it to appear as if the ladies are sitting on the branch. 

I've also added foam pads to the back of the ladies to create stability to the figures but carefully hidden this out of view but I hope you can see the depth of this section in the photo below.
To complete the scene, I attached two butterflies from the ephemera set and added a small bunch of Bouquet Findings, coloured with Scattered Straw Distress Spray Stain and placed these underneath Martha's arm, so she is leaning on them.
Finally, I added some Melange Pebbles around the image, painted with Finnabair's Dragon's Eye Sparks Paint and then placed some Mini Hardware pieces amongst the numbers.
As the finishing touch I attached a Clippings Sticker ~ A record of the past and placed this directly onto the image.
I really hope you've loved this project and loved my interpretation of the this week's theme ~ it was so much fun to create and I've loved sharing the creative process with you!
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

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamp Sets: Entomology
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Cutout Script
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone
Distress Spray Stain: Scattered Straw
Distress Marker Pens
Distress Crayons: Ground Espresso, Pumice StoneChipped Sapphire, Crushed Olive and Black Soot
Heat Gun
Mdf panel, sisal fibres and twig from my own stash


  1. this is so clever Emma. I love the idea of creating something round and the embossed Cut Out Script numbers are perfect. Thanks for sharing your talents with us - you are amazing...Happy Monday!

  2. Clarice and Martha are chillaxin' in an amazing atmosphere... now you KNOW I looked at every frame to see all these fabulous details ( I'm so giddy right now) that background is freakin' awesome... what can I say ?? And the color pops Swoo oooooon ... Wonderful, wonderful !!! #gotmyMondayfix #productQueeninthehouse

  3. Oh WOW!! what a gorgeous project! I love how you made a clock face and made Martha and Clarice the centre of attention, very cute and very clever! the whole design is stunning! :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. Beautiful, as always! Love your clock!

  5. This is really incredible. All the layers of color and texture to build your background are amazing. I aspire to be able to do that some day!I always look forward to Monday’s so I can see what beautiful thing you’ve dreamed up! :-)

  6. Wonderfully artistic project!

  7. What a super clever design... LOVE the idea of the clock, and the motif in the center...the girls are wonderful...I don't have them in my stash of paper dolls.

  8. Beautifully designed and made creation!!! I love it!!!

  9. What a gorgeous clock, Emma! I love the cut out script numbers on this application and all of the embellishments were chosen perfectly including the twig for the characters to rest on!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Such a beautiful design Emma, I'm going to have to pop round and watch you work one day.

  11. Simply perfect! I love the smoky greys with just those hints of earthy colour and the whole design - from the painty layers to the fabulous embellishing - is just gorgeous.
    Alison x

  12. Emma creates and I am always thrilled!

  13. Awesome! I love how those projects evolve and come to life, Emma! Great idea with the clock face for your background - perfect touch for those lovely ladies! The orange flowers are a wonderful touch too! Happy May! Maura

  14. What a clever idea Emma!! I love your clock and all the layers and details in the center. The numbers look really wonderful. And the orange flowers were a perfect touch.

  15. Absolutely stunning Emma! The numbers are just perfect and I love all of the elements around the focal image.

  16. Clarice and Martha have never looked better! What a great design concept and I adore the way you incorporated such lovely subtle colors. I respect you so much as an artist even though our styles are different. It's always inspiring for me to see someone who can accomplish styles that would be so hard for me to do. The world always needs more lovely classiness and you bring that to the table time and time again!

  17. This is such a stunning creation, Emma. All the details and the whole design are amazing. :)

  18. Genius Emma! This clock is outstanding, as always a masterpiece, neutral colors are perfect! Barbara

  19. love your take on a vintage clock face Emma and Clarice and Martha are the perfect finishing touch, hugs kath xxx

  20. What a fabulous piece, Emma! Love this vintage clock! The ladies look like they're having fun! Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  21. oh I do so LOVE this project and your nostalgic interpretation of the challenge, Emma . Such an appealing design and as always superb execution with all the finer details well n truly polished .
    Big hugs x

  22. oh wow, just WOW!! My jaw dropped for a second! Love this project, i'd also add a real clock to make it work!!!! :D It would LOOK amazing into anyone's house!!
    i'd stare at it just for the pleasure to see the time pass by!


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Emma ~xx

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