Monday, 24 April 2017

Past Times...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is called WE'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER and this is an easy challenge to follow because all you need to do to enter is add a number to your project!

This week, I used a mini clipboard to create a project that was full of vintage nostalgia and used one of the gorgeous Paper Dolls as my focal point! I was actually inspired by two of my favourite TV shows of recent years, Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey and wanted to recreate the era of this image which to me told a story of two elegant young women in the year of 1925...the year of the Paris Exposition and a time of rapidly changing fashion, where dress hems were rising and silhouettes were changing!

 
...it's time for a new challenge!
Using the mini clipboard as my base I began by removing the clip from the board so that I could cover the main surface with paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash. I attached the paper with Collage Medium, also adding a coat of the medium over the surface of the paper. Once dry, I used sandpaper to burnish the edges and create a smooth finish. I then added Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the raw edges around the outside of the board, allowing it to dry thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.

To create a more vintage, worn feel to the board I used my fingertip to apply some gesso around the edges of the paper and then using a Collage Glue Stick, I ran the glue around the edges and then, using the gold Vintage Foil Transfer Sheets, applied the foil (shiny side uppermost) over the top of the tacky glue so that it just caught random areas of the board.
For the clip, I altered this to a copper colour using Rust and Copper Mixative Alcohol Ink and applying the ink using the Applicator tool, making sure I got into all the nooks of the clip.

I attached the clip back onto the board and then added a Sprocket Gear, again coloured with Alcohol Ink to the middle of the clip before applying a little more Transfer Foil over the top of the inked metal.
To complete the clip, I attached a Quote Chip which I aged with a little Vintage Collage Medium and I also attached a piece from the Botanical Layers set.
Now to move onto the focal point of this project and to begin with I took one of the Salvaged Boards and just ran my Sanding Tool over the top to create a more aged, worn effect. I attached the board onto the clipboard using foam pads and then used the Doily 2 die to die cut a piece of card from the Classic Kraft Paper Stash. Place the doily onto the centre of salvaged board and then, to build up the central panel, I added some sisal fibres, one of the Ruler Pieces cut down to size and complete with Index Fasteners on each side and a Paper Doll, which I lightly coloured with a wash of Distress Marker Pens and attached with foam pads to add even more dimension.
To complete this part of the board, I placed two butterflies and a couple of the floral pieces from the Snippets Ephemera set.
Finally, I needed to add the year and my numbers and for this I used Letterpress Blocks. I wanted the blocks to be all the same colour so I coloured them with Black Soot Distress Paint. I then added a some Raven Black Sparks paint over the top before applying Dragon's Eye Sparks paint to each of the numbers. To complete the numbers and tone them into my project, I applied a small amount of Rose Gold Wax over the top before attaching the blocks to my board.
As a finishing touch, I attached the Nailhead Findings either side.
I really hope you've been inspired by my project and as always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need 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


Monday, 17 April 2017

Wanderlust...

Hello friends!

Hope you're all having a Happy Easter and had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe that it's Monday already? But the beginning of the week means one thing and that is, it's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ~ SPLASH IT ON!

Whatever you choose to use, may it be watercolouring, water themes or maybe just splashing water onto your inky projects...we can't wait to see what you create and so looking forward to you joining us!

For my project, I was inspired by the deep blue ocean and the splashing waves as they lap against the sandy beaches and created a canvas panel full of texture and dimension and hope you'll enjoy the creative process behind this project...

 


To begin with I started by cutting a piece of watercolour card, 14 x 19cm and spritzed the card with a little light misting of water. I then applied some Distress Oxides to my craft sheet ~ Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans, spritzed the ink on the sheet with some more water and then dipped my card into the inks, heat drying the surface and then going back for more if I needed it. To create the runs and drips, I just spritzed more water directly onto the inked card and letting it run. Once I was happy with overall effect I heat dried the entire surface and then started to add some layers.

To begin with I applied some Tissue Tape and the applied Grit Paste through the Herringbone Stencil (one of my favourite stencils to use) and gently heat dried the paste. Tip: Don't overheat the paste as it will bubble, just waft your heat gun over the top or you can allow it to dry naturally!

Once dry, I then added some colour into the paste and used the same colours of Distress Oxide Pads, applied to the craft sheet and with a damp brush, I picked up the colour and brushed over the top of the paste before adding even more depth using the Pumice Stone Distress Crayon.
Add a few splashes and splatters of Black Soot and Gesso over the surface of the card to complete the background.

Now to add that gorgeous texture....
For this, I began by applying some 3D Gel over the surface, concentrating on the centre of my inked card and also around the edges of the card panel. I then sprinkled Mini Art Stones and the larger Art Stones over the top. I allowed the stones to dry and set into the paste before adding some Dragon's Eye Sparks Acrylic Paint over the top.

To create my starfish, I used the Dimensional Stars die from Tim Holtz and cut five stars from card inked with Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.
Construct the stars by folding along the scorelines and then apply a small amount of the 3D gel to them and sprinkle with the Mini Art Stones.
Once again, allow the stones to dry before brushing with a small amount of the Dragon's Eye Acrylic Paint. (You can see the sparkle in this photo)
I can now build up my layers and attached each of the stars over the top of a bed of silver decorative twigs and some cheesecloth that I dyed using Weathered Wood, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stains and arranging them around one of Tim's Quote Bands which I had altered using Gold Mixative and Rust Alcohol Inks. I also added some Hex Fasteners, again altered to create the rusty look.
I then added some real shells, some Pearl Baubles and a few of the Prima Melange Pebbles which I coloured with Rich Turquoise Alchemy Acrylic Paint and a hint of Fairy Wings Sparks Acrylic Paint. All these pieces are attached with Tim Holtz's Collage Medium.
To complete the panel, I added some Star Adornments and matted and layered the finish piece onto kraft card altered with a small amount of gesso, gold metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of blue kraft card and a final layer of kraft card.
I really hope you love the finished piece and I had so much building up the layers and creating the dimension using Tim Holtz dies and mixing them with the texture of the art stones to create this beautiful sandy beach feel...
As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need 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


Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Dimensional Stars
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap and Tumbled Glass
Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China
Distress Crayons: Pumice Stone
Heat Gun
Palette Knife
Cheesecloth, twigs and shells from my own stash

Monday, 10 April 2017

Hop To It...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about HIP HOP and whether you choose to include things that 'hop' such as rabbits or frogs, or you choose to go with some funky hip hop music, the choice is up to you but we can't wait to see what you create!

This week, for my project I chose to create a home decor piece for Easter and went with a traditional Easter Bunny as my interpretation of the theme. I decided to go with a vintage theme, which compliments my decorations and made a little chocolate caddy using one of Tim's Vignette Boxes and decorated it with a furry rabbit, an Easter tree and his little hutch....

 
...it's time for a new challenge!

To begin with I started by covering my vignette box and the vignette panel. I used the second largest size from each of the packs. I applied a light layer of gesso over the entire box and panel and then once that was dry, I added a layer of Weathered Wood Distress Paint. I dried the paint thoroughly with a blast of heat and then added a layer of gesso, which I dry brushed over the surface.  I then sanded back some of the edges and all the surfaces to reveal some of the wood and added just a touch of wax to accentuate the edges.

Now that I have my paintwork prepped, I can add some decorative elements and for this, I used my favourite paper, (I just LOVE this design, it's stunning) from the Memoranda Paper Stash. I covered each side of the box by applying Collage Medium to the papers which I had cut to size to allow a border to show around the outside of the paper panel. 
I also covered the top of the vignette panel with the same design of paper. I also lined the sides on the inside of the box with the same papers and added a layer of linen from the Textile Surfaces pack along the bottom.
To complete the box, I added some Foundations Feet and a handle from the Mini Hardware Findings set, both of which I coloured with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink.
It's now time to move onto the next stage ~ decorating the box!! To begin, I made up one of the small Tiny Houses, die cutting the structure from Sizzles Mountboard. Once the house was put together I covered it with some more gorgeous papers from the Memoranda Stash. For the roof, I used the Latticework Texture Fade to emboss a piece of Classic Kraft Stock Paper Stash and then attached it to my roof.
I added Designer Tape around each of the edges of the house and then used one of the Clippings Stickers and a Mini Plaquette to decorate the front. 
To complete the house, I stamped one of the butterflies from the Flutter stamp set, coloured it with Distress Marker Pens and then attached it to a Memo Pin and added it to the top of the roof.
For the little Easter tree, I used one of the Woodland trees which I coloured with Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stain. I then stuck spring coloured pearls to the tree using a hot glue gun to secure them into place.

For the final embellishment of the bunny, I used the Easter Elements die to die cut 3 pieces of chipboard. I then layered the chipboard over the top of one another, sticking each section with collage medium and then painting it with Ground Espresso Distress Paint. I then wanted to add some texture to my bunny and for this, I wanted to use felt but when it came to it, the one colour I didn't have was brown!!! So, I used a piece of white felt to die cut my bunny shape. I then took the Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain and spritzed over the top of the felt die cut!! TOP TIP: For the stain to take on the material, the felt needs to be made from a natural fibre such as cotton, wool or viscose NOT nylon or polyester!
Now at this stage, I'll admit it looked a mess and I thought it was all going horribly wrong but I laid a piece of kitchen towel over the top to absorb some of the excess stain, heat dried the material and then added another spritzing of stain and lo and behold...it was working!!! I then heat dried this layer before adding a final layer of stain to achieve the rich, dark chocolate colour I wanted!!!
I attached my felt bunny to the layered chipboard using collage medium and then wrapped a crinkle ribbon bow around his neck which I coloured with Shaded Lilac Distress Stain. Finally, I added a little pom pom tail.

I arranged all my 3D elements onto the top of the Vignette Box, attaching them over a bed of sisal fibres and twigs from my garden. I then added a Quote Chip, which I thought worked really well as you really will find something special when you lift the lid of the box!
To complete my box, I added a little vase of flowers created from a crackled Tiny Vial and some Bouquet Findings, coloured with Distress Spray Stains.

So, all that's left is to fill the box with mini chocolate Easter Eggs, replace the lid and wait for someone to find them...

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need 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


Monday, 3 April 2017

One Of A Kind...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week the Design Team are showcasing Tim Holtz products and combining them with our theme ~ MAKE A RAINBOW. This theme can be interpreted in so many ways...you could choose to actually paint a rainbow or maybe like I did, choose to use rainbow colours within your project but whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you create!

I decided to create an explosion of rainbow colours on my background and then add some more rainbow colours into the wings of the gorgeous dragonfly with majestic wings, full of shimmer and iridescent shine!

 
...it's time for a new challenge!

To begin with I cut a piece of canvas paper and applied a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface. As I've mentioned before, I like to prime the surface with this paint when I use Distress Crayons as I find they blend so much easier.

I then started to add colour and began by brushing some Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough over the top of the painted surface, blending the colours together but also leaving white space so that I can add the colours of crayons. Once I was happy, I then started to add Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and a touch of Spiced Marmalade into the mix, blending the colours together with a semi dry baby wipe and my finger.

To add a little more depth to the mix, I also added strokes of Black Soot Distress Crayon...not too much, less is more. To complete the background, I used a palette knife to scrape some gesso over the top and then gave it a blast of heat to dry the paints and crayons thoroughly.
Now for some texture and for this, I began with some torn strips of tissue tape, which I placed in a  grid onto the background. I then added a layer of gold die cut metallic card, die cut using the Mixed Media dies before applying Grit Paste through the Linen Layering Stencil. When the paste is dry, I added some Distress Paint in Picked Raspberry and Tumbled Glass over the top and once again gave a blast of heat.

After adding a few splits of Picked Raspberry and Black Soot, I applied my final layer of colour by mixing Fossilised Amber Oxide Ink with some Grit Paste and applying it through the Speckles Layering Stencil.
I doodled a border around the edge and then matted the background onto black card, followed by gold metallic card and a final layer of chipboard, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.

To complete my background, I added a border strip of torn corrugated card which I placed across the middle.

Moving onto that gorgeous dragonfly, I began by die cutting and embossing my image from a piece of Mixed Media card. I then added a layer of Peacock Feathers onto the wings and Black Soot onto the body.
For the iridescent shine, I added some Raven Black Sparks paint to the body and Fairy Wings and Mermaid Sparkle paint to the wings. I then dried the die cut image thoroughly before adding a hint of more colour by using Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Crayons. 
Splatter the wings with a brush loaded with gesso and then for that extra shimmery touch, I applied the Collage Glue pen onto the embossed veins and added Blue Transfer Foil over the top. For the eyes, I added drops of Duck Egg Nuvo Crystal Drops.
I attached the dragonfly onto a layer of cheesecloth, dyed with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain, some sisal fibres and a loop of wire which I placed over the top of two twigs from the garden.

To complete my canvas, I added some Nailhead Findings to either side of the border, which I arranged in a cluster of 28 Lilac Lane sequins and finished with the One Of A Kind quote chip.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then you need 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


Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Mixed Media Thinlits, Layered Dragonfly
Distress Crayons: Black Soot, Set 1, Set 4
Heat Gun
Palette Knife
Canvas card, sisal fibres and cheesecloth from my own stash

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