Thursday, 18 December 2014

Winter Wishes ~ 12 Tags of 2014

Hey everyone...

Hope your week is going well! How is your Christmas preparation going? Any better than mine? To say I'm a little behind is a slight exaggeration but I'm going to get really busy over the next few days and hopefully, it will all be alright on the night!!

Of course, in between getting ready for the big day, I did have to make some time to create my version of Tim Holtz's wonderful December tag for his 12 Tags of 2014! You can see Tim's tag HERE.

Hope you love my interpretation of the tag...
For my version, I kept quite a few of the same elements as Tim used, I had too really and how could I not use that gorgeous deer ~ it fast became one of my favourite all time dies and I couldn't not use it on my tag! But I did give my December tag a slight "Emma twist" ~ I used a different Texture Fade on the background and added a bow, some cheesecloth to give the look of snow and mounted it all onto some crackled corrugated card.

I also used a decorative pin as my hanger for the pretty little snowflake adornment ~ it worked perfectly!  

So, that's it from me for today and thank you so much for stopping by at this extremely busy time of year!
See you soon and have a great day!
Love Emma xxx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Think Outside The Box...

Hi everyone!

Today, it's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog and I'm sharing a step by step tutorial of how to make a frame box card. Hope you'll pop over to check out this tutorial and also see some of the cards that I created for the recent Create and Craft shows. There's a sneaky peek below of what you'll find when you get there!
Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you soon!
Love Emma x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Sparkle and Shine ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to the final challenge of 2014 over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week is ~ ANYTHING GOES!

For my final piece of the year, I created a wreath as part of my home decor for the Christmas Holidays! Now, rather than having a traditional wreath featuring poinsettias, I decided to make mine slightly different and used Stacked Snowflakes to frame the Festive Gent in the centre. I was over the moon with how this project turned out and hope you will love it too....
So, here's how I made it and as a base, I used a wreath that I already owned and is approximately 10" in diameter.

I then die cut the Festive Gent, three times from chipboard and layered each of the pieces together to give me one solid die cut image, which I coated with a layer of Gesso before painting it with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

Once the painted image is dry, add a layer of Multi Medium over the top and then sprinkle Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the entire image. Tap away the excess and set aside to dry completely whilst moving on to the next part. I just wish you could see how this sparkles at night when the light is shining on the glittery image ~ it's just wonderful!
For the snowflakes, I covered acetate with Frosted Film and then used the Stacked Snowflakes die to die cut multiple snowflakes. If you haven't got any acetate then why not use the packaging from the dies themselves, it works an absolute treat!! To create the icy blue colour on the snowflakes, I used Aqua and Pool alcohol inks on the reverse side (not the frosted film side) of each flake. I then stacked up the flakes and lightly spritzed them with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain for a snow covered appearance. Set aside to dry.
By now your Festive Gent will be dry, so attach him in the centre of your wreath using hot glue to hold him in place.
Next, I used the Holiday Greens die to die cut a selection of foliage in various colours using Core'Dinations card. I spritzed the die cuts with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain and heat dried them. Attach them in a spray arrangement on the side of your wreath.

Cut two strips of Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements fabric and tie into a large bow. I then added some bells which I altered with alcohol inks, to give a rusty appearance and attached these with twine. Attach the bow over the top of the foliage arrangement using hot glue. In the photo below, you can see how I also added some Pine Twine to the foliage, curling it around a pencil and attaching it amongst the leaves and branches.
Add your snowflakes around the wreath and place a small sparkly Prima crystal in the centre of each.
Finally, I added some cheesecloth to line the bottom section of the wreath, underneath the Festive Gent and placed a "crumpled" Flash Card into the bow arrangement, using a memo pin to secure it into place....
...and that is my wreath finished and ready to hang in place.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and enjoyed my tutorial of how I created this festive home decor piece. Next Monday, I will be sharing a tutorial over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and hope you will join me there.

Don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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 Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Holiday GreensFestive Gent, Stacked Snowflakes
Distress Paint: Tarnished Brass
Distress Spray Stain: Picket Fence
Alcohol Inks: Rust, Pitch Black, Aqua, Pool
Embellishments:  Twine, Prima Say it In Crystals
Cheesecloth and chipboard from my own stash

Thursday, 11 December 2014

'Tis The Season To Be Jolly....

Hi everyone...

So, as another week flies by ~ I've finally managed to make a dent in that "to-do" list ~ the tree and house is all decorated and resembling a winter wonderland, cards are all written and in the post and most of the presents have been bought. As for crafting, I think I can finally see light at the end of this very long tunnel and with only three more crafty commissions to make before the end of the year, I will finally be able to pack away the crafty stash and at long last see my dining room table again!! Yay....

In the meantime, I just wanted to pop by to say a big hello to all my new followers, here and over on Facebook and I wanted to share a couple of Christmas cards that I made for the December issue of Making Cards Magazine.

For this set of cards, I created a chalkboard effect on black card and added elegant hanging ornaments, together with holly leaves and bows and kept the colour palette a gorgeous pale aqua and white with just a hint of green and red.
Card 1 ~ 'Tis The Season
To create the chalkboard effect, I stamped the message onto black card using Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad and then lightly dusted a small amount of Ranger Perfect Pearls over the top to reveal the message.

Card 2 ~ A Very Merry Christmas

Thank you so much for stopping by today and if you still have some Christmas cards of your own to make, then I really hope you'll be inspired by these cards. I'd love to see anything you make, so never hesitate to get in touch to share your projects with me!

Have a great day and see you all Emma x

Products Used:
Memory Box Lydia Ornament Die
Memory Box Traditional Ornament Die
Woodware Super Holly Leaf Punch

Monday, 8 December 2014

Transportation ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Welcome to this week's brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, which is all about TRANSPORTATION!

So whether you are thinking trains, planes, automobiles or even a boat ~ how are you getting around these days? Whether inspired by the metal and gears or wanting to create a steampunk jalopy ~ this week team member Anna-Karin challenges you to be inspired by transportation!

For my project, I wanted to whisk you back to days gone by and create this vintage themed burlap using a sleigh ride through a cold an icy winter's as my inspiration. As always, I hope you love what I've created and enjoy reading how I made this piece!
To begin with I took the 6" x 8" Burlap Panel and applied Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface and left it to dry whilst I got to work on making the background for my stamped image.

I cut a piece of Manila card to measure 6" x 4" and swiped the card through some Tumbled Glass, Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains applied to my craft sheet and then spritzed with water. Once I'd picked up all the stain, I heat dried the card and then went back to the residue stain on my sheet to pick up any small droplets. When I was happy with the background and it was thoroughly dry, I then added some texture paste through the Snow Fall stencil and allowed this to dry.

I stamped the sleigh ride image directly onto my inked background before mounting the completed card onto a piece of paper that I distressed and machine stitched around the edge, taken from the Wallflower Paper Stash. This works beautifully as a vintage background.
Attach the mounted image onto the front of your canvas using Multi Medium.
Wrap a piece of burlap around the bottom of the canvas and add the Ephemera strip over the top. Attach a piece of paper string and tie into a bow on the right hand side.
Now to add all the decoration and for the snowflake arrangement in the corner, I used the Rosette Snowflake to die cut three different sized snowflakes from the remainder of the paper that I used as the mount. I made up each snowflake and added a sequin and pearl to the centre of two for a bit of glimmer and sparkle.
I then die cut some of the Holiday Greens from Kraft Core Nostalgic Cardstock and after shaping the foliage, spritzed it with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain to give an icy, snowy appearance.

I added the snowflakes and foliage to my panel and added some real moss, a Tidings Token, twine and decorative pins to the arrangement. As a final touch I placed a couple of mirrored stars amongst it.
The small Christmas tree which sits in the bottom right hand corner is dyed with Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain and rolled in Glossy Accents which allows the Rock Candy Distress Glitter to cling to the branches of the tree. I trimmed the back off the tree so that it would sit flat against the canvas and attached it with hot glue. Attach the Christmas Day Ephemera piece and place small pearls onto the Christmas Tree.
As a final added touch, I added some sequins to the background and placed a Curio Knob on the top of my burlap panel, just to give it that extra bit of decadence to the finished project!
I hope this project has inspired you to make wonderful festive pieces that can be displayed in your home or if you can bear to part with it, to be given as Christmas gifts this year but as always, I'd love to see what you create!

Don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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 Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Spray Stain: Picket Fence, Iced Spruce
Distress Paint: Picket FenceTumbled Glass
Stencil: SSS Falling Snow
Dried Moss and Decorative Pins from my own stash

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Rockin' Robin ~ DieCember Die Releases

Hey everyone...

Is it just me or is this week flying at an alarming speed?!? Time is going so fast and my "to-do" list is still as long as ever ~ I've got cards to write, presents to wrap, food to cook, a house to decorate, a tree to put up, a Christmas Day banquet to plan but even though it's probably the busiest time of year, there's always time to craft and the month of December means that DieCember has arrived at Simon Says Stamp! They are celebrating with a new release of 15 wonderful new dies and who can resist the temptation of them all! You can read all about the dies HERE and you can buy any of the new releases over at Simon Says Stamp.
Today, I'm sharing this tag using the Songbird Branch die, together with the Inside Holiday Greetings stamp set and the Falling Snow stencil.
I applied Texture Paste through the stencil onto a kraft tag, then added my die cut Songbird Branch which I coloured with Distress Inks and tipped with Picket Fence Distress Paint. I stamped the message in black Archival Ink below the branch. To complete the tag, I added Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Festive Berries Distress Stain and attached a Snowflake Adornment with a Wire Pin. As my final finishing touch I attached small sequins to the background, placing them amongst the snowfall. The tag is mounted on black card.

I hope you've loved this tag, it was such a fun piece to make! Thanks for stopping by today and hope you'll check out the entire release of dies plus so much more, over at Simon Says Stamp.
See you soon ~ Emma xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Holiday Card ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello and welcome to a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week's challenge is all about Holiday Cards and we can't wait to see what you are making and sending to loved ones and friends this year!

Now, I will admit even though I do try to make all my own cards, there are times when try as I might, life takes over and I don't always manage to make them but the one thing that I do ensure that I make are those special cards for family and this, is one of those cards. I hope you love it...
To begin with I created my circular card blank from cutting out two 18cm circles from kraft card and attaching them at the back by scoring a small section at the top of the circle and creating a hinge. Once that is done, I inked the edges of the card with Picket Fence Distress Paint and added a small amount of Antiqued Bronze for a distressed, vintage feel.

I then cut a circle of Manila card, 14cm in diameter. I swiped the cardstock through Evergreeen Bough and Picket Fence Distress Stain that I applied to my craft sheet, picking up all the ink before heat drying my background.

When the background was dry, I inked up the deer stamp from the Styled Woodlands stamp set using Potting Soil Archival Ink and stamped the image directly onto my background.
Ink the edges of the card with Evergreen bough Distress Ink and then to create the snow effect, I applied Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste through the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil and then added small sequins for sparkle.
I mounted my background onto a matt of decorative paper from the Motif paper stash which I lightly inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink, followed by a matt of Core'dinations card and mounted them onto the front of my circular card.

Now, it's time to decorate and for the layered snowflake, I used the Stacked Snowflake die to die cut Grungeboard, painted the die cuts with Picket Fence and Tumbled Glass Distress Paint before adding a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top. Once the paint is dry and the crackles have appeared, apply some Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and allow it to seep into the cracks. Layer the snowflakes up using foam pads and attach it to the front of your card and place a Dewdrop, coloured with Aqua Alcohol Ink in the centre of the snowflake.

Die cut some Holiday Greens and some leaves and sprigs from the Festive Greenery Strip die, using Kraft Core Nostalgic cardstock and then spritz with Picket Fence Distress Stain for an frosty feel to the foliage. Add the foliage to your card, together with red pearls to give the appearance of berries.
Finally, add a word band to the bottom of your card, layering it over the top of some cheesecloth and attaching paper string to either end of the metal embellishment.

...and that completes my Christmas card tutorial which I really hope you've enjoyed!

Don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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 Stamp. Good luck....

Thank you so much for all your visits today and hope you all have a great week ahead
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Distress Spray Stain: Picket Fence
Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass
Embellishments: Simon Says Stamp Sequins, pearls
Cheesecloth from my own stash


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