Monday, 15 January 2018

Birds Of A Feather...

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called BIRDS OF A FEATHER and we are challenging you to create something with either birds, feathers or maybe like me you will choose to use another meaning of the phrase.

As soon as I saw this challenge, I was actually inspired by the definition and meaning and decided to create a project about friendship. I used one of Tim's small Etcetera tags and created a piece full of layers, using a beautiful photo from Tim Holtz's Found Relatives as my focal point to tell the story.
"The phrase "birds of a feather" ~ people having similar characters, backgrounds, interests, or beliefs.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project... 

To begin with I prepped my small Etcetera tag and applied a coat of gesso. Let the gesso dry before adding the next layer and for this I used some offcuts of card, which I attached directly to my tag using Matte Collage Medium. Once the card is dry, you can then start layering the paint and I began with a coat of Antique Linen, followed by a very light wash of Picket Fence. Heat dry the paint and then to add some more depth, I used Distress Crayons in Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo and a hint of Black Soot. I ran the crayons around the outside of the card that is attached to the tag and blended out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe. Once happy, I then used an old credit card to scrape gesso over the top. At this stage, if you need to add more colour back into the background, just add more crayon and continue until you're happy.

Once I'd finished the paintwork, I then added some more texture, using Grit Paste through the Rosette Layering Stencil. Allow the paste to dry before adding a touch of gold paint which will just accentuate the surface. To complete the background, add some flicks of Black Soot Distress Paint and gold paint.

Once the surface is dry, I can now start adding some more layers and started with a Doily die cut, cut from Classic Kraft Card. I cut this in half and then attached this directly to the tag with Collage Medium.
I then added some Layers ephemera pieces and some Snippets Ephemera pieces together with a ruler piece finding, which I coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Stain.
Now for the photo and I used this beautiful image of two friends, (birds of a feather) and just aged it a little by giving the photo a few creases, sanding the edges and adding some Vintage Collage Medium to the corners.
I then added a hint of colour to the image with Distress Marker Pens before attaching it using foam pads over the top of my layers and also adding a real feather, which I found in my stash.

To complete the central section, I coloured a Quote Chip with some more Vintage Collage Medium and attached it across the bottom section of the photo.
Finally, I added some metal idea-ology pieces, an index fastener, a hinge clip with the addition of a small piece of ribbon and altered with a touch of Distress Paint and a star adornment and placed a Melange Pebble, painted with Opal Blue Gold Alchemy Paint from Prima, as the finishing touch.

I hope you've enjoyed how I put this piece together and how much fun would this be if you used a personal photo of your best friend...it would be such a lovely project to make to celebrate your friendship. As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members.
Don't forget that 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


Monday, 8 January 2018

Winter Magic...

Hi everyone...

How's your week been? I hope you've all had a great one and looking forward to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our theme is called Winter Blues and we can't wait to see how you'll interpret the challenge theme and, we're already looking forward to seeing your makes!

For my project, I was inspired by long walks in the woods on a cold and frosty day, bundled up warm and cosy against the icy elements and with this in mind, I created a panel using some Winter blues as my background and plenty of Tim Holtz dies to create the scene.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project, full of layers and texture...


To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper from my stash and started to lay down the colour for the background. I started with a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint and then once this was dry, I scraped some gesso over the surface to create some depth. I then added some Pumice Stone Distress Crayon over the top of the layers and around the edges before applying Grit Paste through my favourite stencil, the Starry Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz.

Once the paste was dry, I added a dry brushing of Unicorn's Hair Alchemy Paint across the paste, just to accentuate the texture. I mounted the background onto silver metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of kraft card and then matted the layers onto a piece of chipboard, that I painted with the same colours as I used on the background panel.
Now that the background was complete, I started to build up my scene and for this, I used a variety of dies, including the Tree Line die and the Mini Holiday Greens die. To begin, I inked some card usingPeeled Paint and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Inks and then die cut the tree line and some pieces of foliage. The remaining foliage was die cut from silver metallic kraft card and various shades of green classic kraft card.

I added my tree line die cut along the bottom section of the background and then attached all the other foliage pieces so that they sprayed out from behind the tree line. I then applied a small amount of grit paste to the tips of the tree line die and set this aside to dry.
Using an offcut strip from the background, I then attached this using foam pads along the base of the panel and applied some more grit paste to create the look of snow.
To complete the scene I added a die cut deer from the Winter Wonderland die set, which I painted with Distress Paints ~ Ground Espresso on the body and Pumice Stone on his antlers. I attached the deer into place over a bed of sisal fibres.
To complete my scene, I added the Winter Magic Quote Chips and a mirrored star at the top of the scene...
...and placed a Clippings Sticker and two Nailhead Findings along the bottom section.
I hope you've enjoyed how I put this piece together and as always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members.
Don't forget that 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/Sizzix: Mini Holiday Greens, Winter Wonderland, Tree Line
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled PaintIced Spruce
Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass
Distress Crayons: Pumice stone
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Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello 2018...

Hello friends and happy new year! Today, is the start of a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week we are showcasing Simon Says Stamp products and combining it with our theme ~ SOMETHING NEW! So, if you've had something new for Christmas and you'd like to use it within this challenge or maybe, you've bought yourself something that you'd like to use for the first time, then now is the time to play along and join us for this fun theme and we can't wait to see what you create.

For my project, I created a tag and used a gorgeous Simon Says Stamp die to say 'hello' to 2018.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...

To begin with I took a Size 8 tag. I applied Broken China, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Oxide Inks to my craft sheet and then lightly misted the inks with water before 'swooshing' the tag through the colours, picking up the ink. I then heat dried the tag before dipping it into the remaining inks on my sheet to pick up the residue colour. Once the tag was dry, I then applied some Frayed Burlap to my craft sheet and again, spritzed it with water and picked up small amounts of colour on my dipping my tag into the inks. Heat dry again to make sure the tag is thoroughly dry.

Now to create some layers on that background and for this, I applied random strips of Tissue Tape, and placed these directly onto the background, focusing in the central area of the tag. I then scraped gesso over the top of the taped area, dried the medium thoroughly before adding some depth of colour using Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, mixed with a little Broken China and Vintage Photo. Once I blended out the colour using my fingertips and a semi dry baby wipe, I then added some Grit Paste through the Mini Layering Stencil. Allow the paste to dry, before spritzing Mica Spray over the top ~ this creates a beautiful, subtle shimmer to the background and blends the inks perfectly.
I gave the tag a blast of heat to set the inks before moving onto all the elements to build up my layers. To begin with I took the Mini Globe die and die cut the image from gold metallic kraft card. I then inked the surface using Hazelnut, Gold Mixative and Espresso Alcohol Inks. I placed the inked globe over the top of a circle of Silver Deco Sheet, trimming around the edge of the die.
I then layered my die cut globe over the top of some Snippet Ephemera pieces which I attached with Collage Medium and coloured a Paper Doll with Distress Marker Pens, which I also added to my layering.
To complete the layering, I added some Sprocket Gears behind the Paper Doll.

For the wording, I used the Small Hello Craft Die from SSS and used this to die cut a section of black card, followed by a layer of gold Deco Sheet. I then layered my wording to create a shadow effect and attached it to my tag, together with some Deco Stickers to spell out the year 2018.
Finally, I added some crinkle ribbon to the top and placed a Clippings Sticker along the bottom of the tag....
...which completes this week's project and this dimensional tag, packed full of layers.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2018.

Love Emma xxx


Monday, 18 December 2017

Party In Style...

Hello friends and welcome to the final Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of 2017 because the team are having a little break over the next two weeks but hasn't this year flown by? I can't quite believe it's only a week to go until Christmas Day...

But if you do have some creative time, then why not play along with us for this week's challenge...it's called PARTY and is running for 2 WHOLE WEEKS, ending on the 1st January, so you have plenty of time to join in!

For my project, I created a gift box and gift tag using some gorgeous Tim Holtz products and dies that I cut with something everyone needs, the Sidekick! I thought these would be idea to place on my Christmas table, using the tag as a name place setting and filling the box full of treats.
So, let's get started and here's how I created this week's project...

To begin with I made a box from Little Sizzles Mat Board. This is a really substantial surface and perfect for stamping and adding paint to. If you don't have a box or haven't got time, then you can use any box of your choice, whether it's patterned or plain, it will work and you can use the same techniques to decorate.

Once my box was cut and whilst it's still flat and not made up, I painted it with black gesso. Heat dry the gesso thoroughly before moving onto the stamping.

For this I used the Mini Swirly Snowflakes stamp set and stamped the image randomly over the painted surface using Versamark Ink. I then sprinkled the wet ink with gold embossing powder and heat embossed my snowflakes.

I then made up my flat packed box and added some Alchemy Wax to the edges to give a more vintage feel.
To decorate the top of the box, I used the Holiday and Festive dies from Tim Holtz to die cut gold metallic kraft card and green kraft card using the Sidekick. I then frosted the ends of all the foliage by brushing Collage Medium over the tips and dipping into Rock Candy Glitter.

Tie some of the metallic trimmings gold ribbon around the box and arrange the foliage around the bow. To complete the box, I added some Bauble Findings.
Now to move onto the tag...
Once again I used my Sidekick and the tag die that is provided in the starter kit, to cut a tag from Heavyweight Mixed Media card. I inked the tag with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

I then cut some more foliage using the Festive and Holiday dies and also cut a poinsettia pieces from red kraft card. I layered the two sections of my poinsettia die cut, slightly offsetting each of them and frosted the edges of the flower with Rock Candy Glitter.
To create the centre of the flower, I used the Spiky flower punch to punch gold metallic kraft card and again layered two sections over the top of one another before attaching them to the middle of the red flower. To complete the flower I added a Bauble Finding.
Finally, I added a Christmas Clipping Sticker and some metallic ribbon through the hole of the tag.
So, that completes my final project of 2017 and I hope you love what I've created.
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members 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 want to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and followers a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018!

Love Emma xxx


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