Monday, 20 June 2022

Ordinary World...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the week ahead. As always on a Monday, and yes time really does seem to by flying ~ it's time for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is all about SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH 'S'....

So whatever inspires you starting with the letter S ~ then we hope you'll join us and play along with our fun challenge theme!

My something beginning with "S" make, is all about SEEING THE WORLD through the eyes of a child, charting his journey on the world map, and finishing with the quote that "The Future Belongs To The Curious. I also used sprays, stencils and stamps ~ all beginning with the letter "S" to make this Etcetera tag project.

So let's get started, it's time to get creative!


To begin with I prepped my background and for this I cut a panel of mixed media heavy stock card to measure the same size as the mini etcetera tag. Spritz with a light mist of water and then start to apply the Distress Spray Stains:

Crackling Campfire, Ground Espresso, Speckled Egg, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge and Speckled Egg Oxide Spray

After another light misting of water to blend the sprays, I heat dried the surface and in the photo below, you can see the blend of oxide and inks on that background panel.

To add some interest to the background, I used the butterfly stamp from the Botanic Collage stamp set and inked the newsprint section only with Black Soot Archival Ink, stamping repeatedly over the background which can be seen in the photos below.

Now for the texture and after I applied Translucent Grit Paste through the Linked Circles Layering Stencil, I immediately sprinkled a combination of Crackling Campfire and Walnut Stain Distress Glazes over the top of the wet paste. Set aside for the paste to set ~ this will take approx 30 mins depending on temperatures where you are.

Once the paste is set, very gently heat the glaze until it becomes molten and has a glassy, enamelled effect.

To complete the background, machine stitch around the edge and then mount onto the tag using Matte Collage Medium.


Now to build up the layers and I started with the world which is from the Memoirs Ephemera Pack. I applied a coat of Matte Collage Medium over the surface and then mounted it onto a piece of thick card to create more stability once it's attached to the tag.

Across the tag, I added a strip of metallic cardstock which I embossed using the Tim Holtz Foundry 3D folder by Sizzix. I always have these offcuts from previous makes sitting on my desk and find them so useful to create texture and detail on projects ~ many of you have probably seen them on a lot of my previous projects. I adhered the strip onto the background and added a Hardware Head ether side before I attached the globe over the top using foam pads. I then ran the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon around the edge of the world, blended out the harsh lines of colour with my fingertip before I began adding the cotton thread and pins.

For this I used regular haberdashery pins, which I very carefully cut down to size using wire cutters.

I then placed the pins into the map at random places to map the journey before I wrapped cotton thread around the pins.


Underneath the map, I attached a ruler piece, broken on one end and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink that I swiped across the wooden surface and blended out with a semi dry baby wipe.

As always, I love dimension on projects and this one is no exception because the next layer is a Adornment Flourish. I altered the metal embellishment with a Statue Foundry Wax which I then heat with my heat gun to set it.

Attach the adornment to the right of the world, placing it so it adheres to the ruler and the world itself.

After I watercolored the paper doll, I sat him on my flourish adornment and placed some moss along the ruler piece.

On the left hand side I added some bubbles to represent the sea on this young man's travels...

These clear bubbles were given a little ageing with the help of some Mushroom Alcohol Ink and then I arranged them to cascade down the tag using Glossy Accents to hold them in place.

Next to my paper doll, I placed a star adornment, which I painted red with Candied Apple Distress Paint and attached with more of the Matte Collage Medium.

I also used the red paint to outline the Quote Seal, which I attached on the right hand side of the tag, placing it beneath the ruler piece. To highlight the wording I used the Picket Fence Distress Crayon, which I ran over the lettering and then wiped away the excess.

We're nearly there and the only thing left is to add that little arrangement in the top right hand corner...

To begin with I stamped the pointy finger from the Eccentric stamp set and coloured it with Polychromos Pencils before fussy cutting around the outline. I adhered it to my tag with the medium, placing it together with an Air Mail label and some Design tape Trim. 

I finished this little grouping with a Factory Tag hanging from the pointy finger. I altered the tag with some Salvaged Patina and Picket Fence Distress Paint, and then used some twine to hang it....

...all that's left for me to do, is add the clip at the bottom. I used a Vintage Clip, altered with a little Black Soot Distress Paint and the Statue Foundry Wax and then I clipped it onto my tag as a finishing touch.

And here is my finished make....

As always, if you make anything, or if you've 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 and if sometimes I miss it ~ just keep nudging me!

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 next Monday at 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:

Distress Spray Stains: Ground Espresso, Speckled Egg, Crackling Campfire, Rusty Hinge, Frayed Burlap
Oxide Sprays: Speckled Egg
Distress Glaze: Crackling Campfire, Walnut Stain
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Distress Crayon: Picket Fence
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge, Salvaged Patina, Picket Fence, Candied Apple
Moss, red cotton thread, pins from my own stash


  1. Missed you last week, this is the colors and the textures you added.

  2. This is so good! I love all the details and texture!❤

  3. Loving this heaps. Going to try something like it. I have an old photo frame that has 8 spots for photos but I want to make into a piece of art for my craft room with different techniques so it gives me inspiration!


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