Monday 4 June 2018

All The World Is Bright...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left me for last week's post and also thanks so much to each and everyone of you who took the time to wish me Happy Birthday ~ I was overwhelmed with all the messages and you really did make my day!

Today, is the start of a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week, our theme is called ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL! The DT are also showcasing PaperArtsy products within their projects which is something you don't have to do if you join us but we'd love for you to play along and see your interpretation of the theme.

For my project, I chose to create a panel using a variety of PaperArtsy Infusions to make a 'bright' background for my vintage image and surrounding it with 'beautiful' butterflies which are from the Tim Holtz Flutter Set by Stampers Anonymous! I love how even though the background is bright, it still maintains a wonderful vintage feel which is the style I love and...ta~dah, I even used pink, which is something I very rarely do as I'm not a pink person, lol!!
So, it's time for the new challenge and let's get started with how I created this piece...

To begin with I cut a panel of watercolour card measuring 19.5 x 24.5cm. I then spritzed the card with a light misting of water and sprinkled my PaperArtsy Infusions Stains over the top, applying a combination of Are You Cerise, Golden Sands and Sunset Beach and concentrating on the central area of the panel as I wanted to leave white space around the outside. You don't need to use a lot of the crystals to create a background, it really is less is more and remember, you can always add more but not take it away! I allowed the crystals to disperse and the colour to appear before heat drying.
Once dry, I then applied torn pieces of tissue tape directly over the top, applied a layer of Matte Collage Medium and then scraped gesso over the top. Once again heat dry the mediums before adding Grit Paste through the Stitches Layering Stencil. Allow the paste to set and then sprinkle some more of the Infusions over the top of the paste, mist with water and gently heat set.
As a finishing touch, I added some stamping using stamps from the Special Delivery set.
My background is now complete and I can move onto the embellishments. I started with some Ephemera pieces from the Layers set and applied a coat of Vintage Collage Medium to the surface of each piece. Together with some inking around the edge, this just makes the ephemera pieces look that little bit more antique in their appearance and perfect as a backdrop for the rest of the layers to come.
I then added my Baseboard Frame, again altered with a little of the Vintage Collage Medium and inked around the edges. I attached a beautiful Photo Booth image behind the aperture and tied some twine around the frame.
To create more drama and dimension to this piece and before I attached it over the top of my ephemera pieces and a bed of sisal fibres, I placed a couple of die cut rosettes, cut from paper in the Etcetera Stash and attached these behind the frame together with some flowers from the Bouquet Findings that I dyed with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain. You can see how much dimension is in this piece in the photo below.
To complete the frame, I adhered a Clippings sticker, 'all the world is bright'.
For the finishing touch, and for the beautiful section of my panel ~ I added the butterflies from the Flutter Stamp Set by Tim Holtz.
All these butterflies are stamped onto watercolour card using Jet Black Archival Ink and are watercoloured with Distress Marker Pens. I then used the corresponding Sizzix die to die cut the images and shaped the wings before attaching them by their bodies to the panel.

Finally, I added the final section of my quote, 'use your wings' and placed this directly onto the background with a Nailhead Finding at it's side.
So, that completes this week's project and I hope you love my 'bright and beautiful' piece as much as I loved creating it.
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. Wow!!!! I love this. Your steps are always so detailed too.

  2. Enjoying my Giddy Queen workout... those layers... oh my word... and rosettes too (squealing with delight), this is fabtabulous!!

  3. What a beautiful piece, Emma! I think you should use pink more often, this is gorgeous! Love how you left a lot of white around the center, and those butterflies are fab!! I always admire your eye for design! hugs, Maura

  4. You can see how much you enjoyed working on this. So much detail and everything just perfect together The butterflies are amazing but so does the background and it all looks great with that photo. Love this vintage but bright feel. thanks so much for sharing

  5. So lovely Emma, did you used a stamp or stencil for the contour (black line around the panel) ?

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Louise, I really do appreciate it! The black lines on the white areas around the outside of the panel is actually just paint that I scraped in straight lines to create a border before I mounted the finished piece onto black chipboard to create the solid black border. Hope that helps but if you need to ask anything else, please don’t hesitate... x

  6. This is truly beautiful! Love how you have left white space - I really must try that more often if this is what happens! Everything just stands out so much and the bright butterflies look as though they are about to fly! Hugs, Chrisx

  7. Your designs are always uber marvelous! Thanks so much for the inspiration and delight!

  8. AMAZING and extremely beautiful. Love everything about this panel. The bright colors on the background are amazinf and so soft. Love all the layers and the lady in the frame. Fabulous! Hugs, Marzena

  9. Emma, this is beautiful! I love how you’ve raised the frame with rosettes, and those butterflies are gorgeous! You have stayed true to your style while becoming bright and using colors you would not normally use, the sign of a real artist! Wonderful piece, thank you for sharing. xx

  10. Really wonderful! Your use of infusions is amazing, love biright colors under the picture and butterflies are fantastic! barbara

  11. This is exquisite, Emma! You make it all sound so easy...and I know that you will say that it's the products, but seriously?!...your attention to detail always blows me away!
    I love the bright colour tones, whilst still retaining that vintage feel...but you need to embrace your inner pink! I love pink in crafting (not so much with anything else) and you certainly know how to rock it!
    This truly is a wonderful piece and should be framed in a box frame and placed on yours (or someone else's...*nudge, nudge, wink, wink*) wall! Hugs, Lisa x

  12. WOW again another amazing creation, love seeing them, you always get them perfect, Love Hazelxx

  13. This is so has that vintage feel yet with the pop of vivid colors bringing it to the present! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  14. This is one of my favorite pieces of yours ever!! I love the soft colors paired with the pops of brighter shades. And the texture is amazing! Those butterflies look like they're flying right off the page!

  15. This is absolutely beautiful!!! Love the warm colors and all the details! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. I'm lost for words, love the background and oh boy those butterflies are just too beautiful, hugs kath xxx

  17. Love love love the fantastic layered embellishments on this project, Emma. The colors and texture on the background are amazing. :)

  18. This is so pretty, Emma! The background is amazing. Love the colors, especially in the butterflies, they really steal the show! Hugs, Sandra

  19. Stunning projects!! i am in love how the white around the center piece makes everything pop up even more!!! I think I should leave some white too sometimes! It is incredible the resutl!
    Well done!!

  20. Oh no you're not a 'Pink person' ?? Hope thats just the colour and not the name , lol ;)
    You have most certainly created a super fantastic project , Emma thats both brilliantly bright and beautiful and wonderfully vintage too . Fabulous layers of ephemera , texture and detail . Excellent composition and faultless execution .
    Big hugs x


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Emma ~xx

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