Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Joy To The World...

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog and today's post!

Today, I'm delighted to be sharing a sneaky peek of a Christmas home decor project that I've created over on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog, using dies and products by Tim Holtz. I hope you'll have time to pop over to check it out in it's entirety and I would love to hear what you think of this piece...
Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again soon...love Emma x

Monday, 4 December 2017

Dreaming Of A White Christmas...

Hello friends and welcome to this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Our theme is called Icy Inspiration and the DT are showcasing PaperArtsy products within their projects.

For my piece, I used PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish Paints and Infusions to create a background on this icy blue panel, which I've packed full of layers and dimension all created using Tim Holtz products.
So let's get started and here's how I made this project...

To begin with, I cut a piece of canvas paper (but you could also use Mixed Media Heavyweight card) to measure 17 x 15cm. I then mixed some of the Mermaid Fresco Finish Paint with the Snowflake paint so that it would give me this beautiful shade of blue that I then painted over the card to create my background. I then added torn strips of tissue tape to my background, dry brushed some gesso over the top and then added some depth of colour using Pumice Stone and Chipped Sapphire Distress Crayons. Once I was happy with the layers of colour, I used an old credit card to scrape gesso over the surface which created the icy white patches. I then machine stitched around the outside to create a border.

To add some texture to the piece, I then laid down the Starry Layering stencil and applied Grit Paste through the stencil. Whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the top and tapped away the excess. Let the paste dry.

The background is now complete and ready for some layers...
...and for this, I used some Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera pieces that I collaged onto the background, attaching some directly onto the surface and layering other pieces onto pieces of corrugated card, painted with the Snowflake Fresco Paint.
For the snowflakes, I used the Stacked Snowflakes die. I used the die to die cut seven flakes from chipboard and applied a layer of gesso over each of the flakes to prime them.

Once the gesso is dry, I painted them with the same colours as I used on the background, dried the surface and then added a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the top. At this stage, I also added a small amount of Art Stones, by sprinkling them over the medium. Set this aside for the gorgeous crackles to appear and once the medium has done it's job, then apply a very small amount (less is more) of the A Bit Jaded Infusions. Spritz the colour crystals with water and allow it to sink into the crackles.

Gently heat dry the snowflakes, dabbing away any excess moisture.
Place three, various sized snowflakes over the top of the ephemera pieces, stacking some of them and leaving the others singular and using foam pads to attach them. Once the flakes are in place, I attached my Christmas Paper Doll. I decided to keep this image black and white, as I didn't want to introduce to much colour to the piece, just keep it icy blue with a pop of red.
With the remaining two snowflakes, I added Jingle Brads to the centres and then attached these to my project.
To complete the project, I added the Dreaming Of A White Christmas Quote Chip and placed this over a small amount of cheesecloth and attaching it so that the paper doll is standing on the wording.
I then added an adornment arrow and a Christmas Remnant Rub to the arrangement in the centre.
Finally to complete the panel, I added some crystal gems to each corner and matted the artwork onto layers of kraft card, silver metallic card and a final layer of pewter coloured card.
I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this project and loved the techniques I've used to create texture, sparkle and dimension.

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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Cheesecloth, crystal gems, sisal fibres and canvas paper from my own stash

Friday, 1 December 2017

Snow Is Glistening....

Hello friends and welcome to my final piece that I created for the Tim Holtz Inspiration Series.

There's still plenty of inspiration to be shared and if you do miss anything or if you want to catch up, then you can pop over to Tim's FacebookInstagram or blog to see all the amazing projects that everyone has been creating!

At this time of year, everyone is so busy preparing for Christmas but if like me, you probably still have some cards to make but not quite as much time to stay in the craft room! So, with this in mind, I didn't want to overcomplicate this card...there's plenty of matts and layers to build up dimension, drawing your eye to the focal point where I used the fabulous Stampers Anonymous Tattered Christmas Stamp set,  combining it with paper from the Christmas paper stash.
So, let's get started and here's how I made this card...
To begin with I cut a panel of the typewriter font paper from the Christmas Paper Stash, 19 x 13.5cm. After adding some ink to the edges, I matted the paper onto a piece of kraft card before adding a strip of silver ribbon from the metallic trimmings set and then mounting the layers onto my card blank.

For the artwork panel, I cut a piece of watercolour card, 10.5 x 13.5cm and using my stamp platform, I stamped the image of the snowman in the centre of the card, placing the message below.
I watercoloured the image using Distress Marker Pens. To add some colour to the sky, I applied Broken China Distress Ink to my craft sheet and then dipped a wide brush into water, take away some of the moisture so that it isn't to wet and apply the water to the background of the card panel. Do not oversaturate the card! Once you have enough water on the background, I then picked up the Broken China ink with the same brush and added a wash of colour over the damp background. Once happy, heat dry.
I then added stamped some stars around the snowman image, so it appeared that he was in a magical setting. For this I used the star stamp from the Great Outdoors set and stamped in Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. Add some glitter highlights, on and around the snowman and lightly ink the edges of the card with Frayed Burlap Ink.
To complete the panel, I machine stitched around the outside and matted the artwork onto kraft card, followed by a layer of silver metallic card and a layer of corrugated card from the Textured Surfaces pack, which I painted white using gesso. I then mounted the panels onto the front of my covered card blank, placing it above the ribbon strip.

To complete the card, I stamped the holly leaves from the Tattered Christmas Stamp set, and stamped them twice onto watercolour card. I then fussy cut, (there is a corresponding die for this, if you prefer and coloured them with Distress Marker Pens, attaching them to the top right hand corner of the card.
To complete the card, I attached a bow and a snowflake adornment, hanging from the ribbon strip before adding some small sequins to the background.

I hope you love this card as much as I loved making it and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who has contacted me about the projects that I've made for the series. It's been amazing to see how you've all been inspired by my work and I really do appreciate every single word that you've written...it means the world and makes all the hard work so worthwhile!

I also want to say thank you to Tim, Paula and Mario...you are the very best and I can't thank you enough for inviting me along to be a part of this journey and for all your love and support!

I'll see you again on Monday with my regular SSS project and until then...
Happy Crafting and have a great weekend! Emma x

Wide Watercolour Brush and sequins from my own stash

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Season Of Goodwill...

Hello everyone!

Hope you've all had a good start to your week and can you believe how quickly November has disappeared...it's gone so fast!! Today, I'm sharing another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series and if you want to see all the inspiration Tim has been sharing over the last few weeks, then you can pop over to his Facebook, Instagram or blog to see everyone's wonderful projects.

For this project, I created a vignette box but instead of using it as a shadowbox, I turned it around, added two panels and made a decorated trinket box, complete with decoration full of the Christmas spirit.
So, let's get started and here's how this project came to life...

To begin,  I used the second smallest sized vignette box and covered the sides of the box, with the black and white plaid paper from the Christmas Paper Stash and adhered them with Collage Medium.

Moving onto the panels, I took the next size of panel which is slightly larger than the box and will use this for my base. I cut a panel of paper from the stash, inked the edges and then attached this to the panel again using Collage Medium and leaving a border around the outside.

I then attached my covered vignette box onto the covered panel and added some of the feet to the base. Using the Christmas Typography letters, I painted each letter with Barn Door Distress Paint before ageing them with Black Soot Distress Crayon. Finally I added a small amount of Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink, to accentuate the edges. Attach the letters to the front of the box and add two star adornments to either side of the lettering.
To complete the bottom section, I added two ring fasteners to the left and right hand sides of the box.
Moving onto the top section, I took the panel that fits the top of the box and again covered it with papers from the Christmas Paper Stash. I then added some design tape to cover the raw edge of the box and create a nice finish.
You're now ready to start building the scene and making the elements, starting with the lamp post...

For this, I used the Lamp post die and cut four pieces of chipboard. I then layered three pieces of the chipboard together but before adding the final piece, cut a small section of acetate. Ink the acetate with Red Pepper and Sunshine Yellow Alcohol ink and then attach this small piece to the lamp post, trimming away any pieces overhanging. Attach the final die cut layer to create one solid die cut. Paint the lamp post with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Once dry, dab the surface with Versamark Embossing Ink and then sprinkle black embossing powder over the top. Tap away the excess and heat emboss. To create the beautiful enamelled finish, repeat this process three more times, adding a touch of gold embossing powder into the final layer.

Add some Grit Paste around the die cut piece to emulate snow and sprinkle Rock Candy Glitter over the top. Set aside to dry.
Using the Holiday Greens die set, die cut plenty of foliage from classic kraft stash to use on the base. Add some frosting to the tips by lightly applying collage medium to the pieces and dusting with Rock Candy glitter.
For the trees, I used three woodland trees of two sizes. I applied a small amount of gesso to the tips of the trees, dried the medium and then rolled the trees in Glossy Accents. I then sprinkled Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust over the top. Paint the trunks of the trees with Walnut Stain Distress Paint and add a fluted star on the top of one tree.
Colour your Christmas Paper Dolls using Distress Marker Pens and then arrange all these pieces onto the top of your box, placing them over the top of a bed of Grit Paste, applied directly onto the covered vignette panel lid and layered with some draped cheesecloth.

To complete the scene, I added some Baubles which I coloured with Turquoise and Cranberry Alcohol Ink and added these to the arrangement.
Tim will be doing a recap of all the projects featured this week over on his blog, on Saturday, so make sure you pop by! Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you soon...love Emma x

Cheesecloth and acetate from my own stash

Monday, 27 November 2017

Merry & Bright...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT and we would love for you to join us and play along with this fun challenge!

For my project, I created a vintage style wallhanging perfect for Christmas which used an embroidery hoop as the frame. I included one of my favourite dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix called Candlelight and surrounded it with beautiful die cut foliage that shimmers and sparkles under the twinkling lights.

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


To begin with I took my 6.25" wooden embroidery hoop and gave it a coat of gesso. Once I'd dried the paint, I then moved onto adding some colour to the frame. I wanted to keep it quite neutral and vintage in it's feel, so I started by layering a coat of Antique Linen over the top. I then dried the paint before dry brushing a small amount of Frayed Burlap over the surface ~ you only want the brush to kiss the neutral colour, giving it a more antique feel to the wood.

Dry the painted frame once again and then I used a combination of Brushed Iron and Old Brass Alchemy Waxes over the top, applying them with my finger and just rubbing them onto random  areas of the frame. To complete the frame, I then used my finger to smear small amounts of Unicorn's Hair Paint onto the wood, which just gave the hoop a slight shimmer.
Putting the hoop to one side, I then cut a piece of canvas paper, measuring the same size as the hoop and added a coat of Antique Linen over the surface. I then dry brushed Frayed Burlap over the top before applying pieces of torn tissue tape onto the painted surface, concentrating on what will be the centre of the hoop.

I then applied some Collage Medium to the card, dried the surface before scraping a small amount of gesso over the top of the tissue tape. Once the gesso is thoroughly dry, I used Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce Crayons to add some colour and more depth to the background.

Once happy, I then placed the Starry Layering Stencil over the top and applied Grit Paste through the stencil directly onto the background. I let the paste dry before applying Tarnished Brass Distress Crayon over the surface of the embossed areas, blending the colour out with a damp fingertip. Flick small amounts of gold paint and Black Soot Distress Paint across the finished background and dry.
Now that the background is complete, I attached the card onto the back of the hoop using Matte Collage Medium.

Whilst this is adhering, I cut some foliage using a combination of the Holiday Greens and Festive Greens dies and cutting the greenery in a variety of greens and gold kraft card.
Using the splatter brush, splatter Picket Fence Distress paint across the foliage and then add some frosting to the tips, using Collage Medium and Rock Candy Glitter. At this stage, I also added some berries using Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red.
For the candles, I used the Candlelight die and cut the pieces from chipboard. I then gave them a coat of gesso and once the medium was dry, I used Antique Linen, Old Paper and Pumice Stone Distress paints to add colour to the candles themselves and to the flames, I used Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade. To add some shimmer to the die cuts, I used a small amount of the Unicorn's Hair Sparks paint and just let my brush touch areas of the candles, so that it would pick up the smallest amounts of paint.
Once dry, I then inked the edges of each piece with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then built up the layers of my die cuts. To complete the candles, I added a touch of Golden Rod Stickles Glitter to the flames.

Now for the fun part of putting this all together and I started by attaching the candles, using foam to create dimension and placing them onto a bed of sisal fibres and cheesecloth which I dyed using Antique Linen and Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain.
I then arranged the greenery around the candles.
I attached a Christmas Word Band over the top of the candles which I'd altered with Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol Ink and then accentuated the wording with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
For the finishing touches, I added a couple of mirrored stars, again altered with the Gold Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol ink and the Christmas Clippings...December 25th ~ The Candles Glimmer.
To complete the frame, I tied a loop through the bar at the top and added a bow and two of the pinecone adornments, which again were altered with alcohol ink....

...and that completes this week's project! A piece of home decor that is full of dimension and plenty of shimmer and shine!
As always, I hope you love the project I've created and enjoyed how I built up the layers to create the dimension on this piece. 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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Cheesecloth, sisal fibres and embroidery hoop from my own stash


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