Monday, 12 July 2021

The Marvellous Summer of 1958

Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the brand new week ahead! Did you see Tim's epic YouTube live launch of the brand new releases from Sizzix Chapter 3?! If you didn't, then don't worry as you can catch up with the replay here and of course, as always, I was so excited to be invited to be one of the makers for this release, (thank you Tim, Paula and Mario) and will be sharing my projects very soon!

But back to today and the start of a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our theme is called, Lazy Days of Summer and if you'd love to play along then we can't wait to see what you will be creating and hope you'll join us!

For my project, I decided to create a framed panel celebrating one of my favourite fashion eras, the 1950's ~ I've just binge watched (again!!!) The Fabulous Mrs Maisel and that was my inspiration for this piece. I used some of the brand new releases from Sizzix Chapter 3 and combined these with older Sizzix dies and idea-ology to make a vintage style frame all about the summer of 1958!

So let's get started ~ it's time for me to share this project and here's how I made this piece...

I started by painting my framed panel and as all of you Tim addicts probably know by now this piece is one of my favourites and comes in two separate pieces that you attach ~ the baseboard and the wooden frame.

I began by attaching my frame to the baseboard using Matte Collage Medium and then painting the frame and the edge of the baseboard with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and once the paint was dry, I then added some Crackle Paste to both pieces, which helped to give it more of a worn, vintage feel.

I allowed for the crackles to appear before running the Walnut Stain Distress crayon over the surface to accentuate the pasted areas and the beadwork around the frame.

Setting the frame to one side, I moved onto the surface that I will be using as a background and for this I chose one of the papers from the Backdrop 1 set by Tim Holtz and after cutting it down to size so that it will fit inside the aperture of the frame but I also allowed a 1cm extra measurement on all four sides of the panel.

I then pushed the paper into the aperture and scored it around each of the four edges to create the perfect fit.

Removing the paper from the frame, I then went around the edges, creating rips and tears. Once I was happy with the look, I added a machine stitched border along the scorelines and then adhered the paper panel into place using Matte Collage Medium, allowing the ripped edges to come up the sides of the frame. I also added a coat of the medium over the paper to seal it.

To add some more vintage flair to the paper, I ran my Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the surface of the paper and with a semi dry baby wipe, I blended the crayon to get rid of any harsh lines.

With the panel in place, I moved onto the elements to tell the story and first I coloured the paper dolls. This is my favourite paper doll EVER...I just love these ladies in their beautiful dresses and after applying a coat of clear gesso to the paper dolls to prime the surface, I allowed this to dry and then added colour using Distress Crayons and a waterbrush. If you scribble the crayon onto your glass mat, using it as a colour palette, you can then pick up the colour with your water brush or a paint brush and apply direct to the dolls, building up the intensity and shading as you go along. Of course, you can use any colours you want but I loved this combination and from left to right these are the crayons I used for the dresses...

1st girl: Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry and Antique Linen with white pen highlights

2nd Girl: Antique Linen, Picked Raspberry

3rd girl: Spun Sugar, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, with white pen highlights

4th girl: Broken China, Stormy Sky, Mustard seed, Peeled Paint

For their faces, I used a touch of Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap with Aged Mahogany on their cheeks.

With my paper doll coloured, I needed something for them to sit on and for this I used the longest size of  Pinked Etcetera Trim which I covered with some scrap paper from the Backdrops 1 set and cut them using the Trims Thinlits Die Set! This is going to be used so much in my house, and if you love the Etcetera Trims, then don't hesitate to buy this die set.

I trimmed the trim slightly to fit inside the frame and attached it with foam pads to add some height.

I then attached the paper dolls to sit on the trim and again used foam pads to support them from behind.

I added a small piece of Mummy Cloth to either side of the trim which I coloured with Kitsch Flamingo and Antique Linen Spray Stain.

Behind the girls, I wanted to add the Sizzix Switchlit Seal. This is genius, not only does it emboss, die cut but it also means you can swap the die, as you have three different designs and it has small magnets to secure the die into place for you to die cut your shapes.

I cut my seal from gold Metallic Kraft stash and then lightly inked the edges with a small amount of Alcohol Ink, Rust and Pitch Black, to add more of a vintage feel.

I then cut a smaller circle to nest inside the seal. I used some Mixed Media card that I inked with Old Paper and Frayed Burlap inks. I matted the circle onto the centre of the seal and then using the Alphanumeric Label die, cut the wording "Summer of 1958' from some more of the gold metallic kraft stash. I adhered my letters into place, added a touch of Walnut Stain Crayon over the top, blending out any harsh lines and then mounted the completed seal onto the background using foam pads.

Underneath the paper dolls, I added a Theories quote. I sanded the edges of the quote before inking it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then adhered it in place with Matte Collage Medium.

Now for the 4 flowers across the bottom of the frame. For these I used the Funky Florals 3 die and using the largest flower from the set, I die cut the petals three separate times for each flower plus two separate stamens.

I inked the edges of each of the petals with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and a light touch of Walnut Stain on the tips. I then shaped my flowers with Tim's shaping tools by Sizzix and layered them to create the four separate blooms. Each time I attached the layers, I slightly offset them from the previous one.

To complete the flowers I added a Bauble in the centre which I coloured with Envy Alcohol Pearls.

I attached my flowers along the bottom of the frame using hot glue and then added the leaves which I die cut using a die from the same set and cutting them from Mixed Media Heavystock inked with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stains. Once the leaves are layered, I attached them amongst the florals.

For the finishing touch, I looped a Stitched Scrap and attached this to the top left hand corner, completing it with a button.

So that's me finished for today and I hope you've loved the piece I've made and also enjoyed seeing the brand new dies that I've used... always, if you make anything, or been inspired by anything that you've seen here on my blog ~ then please, let me know by tagging me on social media or leaving a comment here and I will be right over to take a look!

Don't forget that every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today ~ stay safe and keep well.
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Stampers Anonymous: Pinked Etcetera Trims
Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Spun Sugar
Distress Paints: Weathered Wood
Distress Spray Stain: Kitsch Flamingo, Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain


  1. So Gorgeous Emma! (as your pieces are every single week!)
    TFS :)

  2. Oh wow this is so cool, I love the little details on everything and those flowers are so pretty too!

  3. What a masterpiece!! The ladies are so colorful and the 3D flowers are stunning as well! Amazing work!


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