Monday, 8 February 2016

You Make My Heart Smile

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is...Spritz and Spray! So, whether you want to use Distress Spray Stains, Perfect Pearls or even custom make your own sprays for cards, canvases or layouts ~ we can't wait to see what you will create!

For my project, I was inspired by vintage tapestry that I had noticed when I went on a tour around Buckingham Palace last year and it struck me as being so beautiful and I thought I would try and replicate the look of it. I also thought, because I missed out on making a tag, that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out Tim Holtz's technique that was used on his 12 Tags of 2015.


To begin with I cut a panel of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack and placed the Flourish stencil over the top before spritzing Candied Apple Distress Stain through the stencil. Carefully, remove the stencil and either heat dry or set aside and leave to dry naturally, whilst moving onto the background.

For the background, I started by cutting a piece of thick card and applying torn pieces of Tissue Wrap, sticking them with Multi Medium, to random areas of the card panel. After a blast of heat, I then spritzed the background using Vintage Photo, Antiqued Bronze and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, allowing the sprays to mix and blend together.

Once I was happy with that and the background was thoroughly dry, I took an old credit card and scraped some gesso over the top before adding paint scratches using the edge of the card.
Ink around the edge of the panel with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso and then wrap twine around the panels before matting onto red card and mounting it onto a white card blank.
Now, for the burlap panel...and for this, I stitched around the outside of material and then gently frayed the edge before matting onto a piece of kraft card, followed by gold Metallic Kraft Core card stock. Wrap some more twine around the burlap panel layers.
I mounted the burlap panel onto my inked background.
Next, I took a piece of mount board and cut it down to ATC size. I applied a coat of gesso over the top before adding torn tissue tape. I then added a blend of Antique Linen Distress Paint with a touch of Frayed Burlap. Ink the edges before applying swipes of Collage Glue around the edge and adding touches of gold foil using transfer sheets.

Die cut a chipboard heart using the Heartfelt die set and paint with Candied Apple.
Ink the edges of the heart with Black Soot Distress Ink and then mount your ATC onto the burlap panel. Add a shadow around the edge of the heart using Black Soot Distress Marker Pen. Stamp the No.5 from the Correspondence stamp set onto the bottom left corner.
Attach the Picket Fence Distress Marker to the Distress Marker Spray Tool and spritz white ink over the top of the burlap and the ATC.
Attach a Small Talk sticker, mounted on gold card over the top of the heart.
To complete the card, I added a red button and popped an alcohol inked Heirloom Rose into the centre.
As a finishing touch, I added faux stitching around the outside of the mounted panels.
I really hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this card and that the techniques have inspired you.

As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, 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....



Just click on the link below to go shopping:


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


Products used:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Heartfelt
Tim Holtz Stamps: Correspondence
Distress Marker Pen: Picket Fence
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Flourish

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Remember The Time...

Hello!

Hope you've all had a great week and looking forward to the weekend! I've seen the forecast for the weather and it looks as if we have more rain heading our way, so I think it might be a good excuse for a little crafting, some magazine instructions to be written and then curling up with a hot steaming cup of coffee in the company of the amazing, Mr Selfridge!

But in the meantime, I wanted to share the final project that I created for Tim Holtz for the Sizzix booth at CHA. It seems such a long time ago now since the parcel below was sent on it's way to the USA packed full of my projects and I'm still pinching myself that I was given this wonderful opportunity to work alongside so many wonderful and gifted designers as part of this CHA adventure. So, thank you Tim, Paula and Mario for everything and for inviting me along for the journey...
...and thank you Paula, for looking after my projects so well and for packing them up safely for their journey home!
 Now, onto the fourth and final project and as always, there are plenty of photos of all the details ~ so, here we go and I hope you love what I created.
For this multi layered dimensional card project, I used the gorgeous and MUST HAVE Doily die from Sizzix, together with one of the new Lace Thinlits die, cut from gold metallic kraft core cardstock.
I added one of my favourite images from the PhotoBooth set and mounted the arrangement onto an inked background.
The Tiny Tattered Florals are all die cut from kraft core Core'Dinations card and I also added some punched Laurel leaves for extra foliage.
The inked card is mounted onto a piece of paper from the fabulous Dapper Paper Stash but I wanted to add that extra touch of elegance and luxury to the project and decided to add some gold foiling detail around the edge of the paper.

To complete the card, I added some die cut wording...
Thank you so much for stopping by today and being a part of my CHA journey and a big thank you for all the lovely comments I've received through social media and privately ~ every single word has been appreciated and meant the world to me!
See you soon and happy weekend...love Emma xx


Monday, 1 February 2016

You Are My Sunshine

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Our theme for this week is, A Ray Of Sunshine and the team is also showcasing Dina Wakley products within our projects! So, whether you choose to create a scrapbook layout, journal page or a card...we want to see how you interpret our challenge and can't wait to see what you make!

When deciding on my project, my first thought was to do full on Dina but after thinking about it and because the title of You Are My Sunshine came into my head ~ I chose to mix it up a little and combine Dina Wakley with Tim Holtz to create this bright card with techniques that can be used on journalling, scrapbooking or card making. I chose to use a beautiful Vintage Photo Booth image but you could so easily replace it with a precious family photo or image of your choice!

So, here we go...
To begin with I cut a panel of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash, slightly smaller than my card blank and matted it onto yellow card stock, leaving a border around the edge. I then mounted it onto my card blank which I had already inked around the edge to create a distressed look.

I then needed to create my background and for this, I cut a piece of good quality thick white card, (or you can use Manila Card and add a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top of the card before adding your colours) and using a small amount of Dina Wakley's Heavy Duty Acrylic Paint in Lemon and applied the colour to my card using a brush. I blended some Antique Linen onto the card and then inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

To create the stencilling, I laid the Daisies stencil over the top of my painted background and lightly inked through the stencil using Mustard Seed and Fossilised Amber Distress Inks. Keeping the stencil in place, I then applied Transparent Texture Paste through the stencil, over the top of the ink. This creates a beautiful glazed look to the stencilled areas of the card.
Remove the stencil carefully and allow to dry before machine stitching around the edge and matting the background onto gold metallic kraft core card stock.

I then wrapped some twine around the centre of the matted layers before mounting it onto my card blank using foam pads to add dimension. Add a couple of Remnant Rubs onto the background to complete it.

As many of you know, I love layers of embellishments and building up dimension and depth and when I was thinking about the layers, I had some scraps of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash on my desk and because I hate to waste anything, I thought..."why not use these" and fussy cut around the flowers on these scraps of paper which you can see behind the photo.
I also used the Stacked Heart Die to die cut gold metallic card stock and you can just see that behind the image, which is mounted on distressed corrugated cardboard from the Textured Surfaces pack and some white cotton thread fibres. 

I also placed some of the small die cut hearts back into the die cut frame.

Now, for the finishing touch, I wanted thought how cool a feather would look on this piece but I didn't have any to hand! BUT, I did have the really cool Feather Duo die and Texture Fade which I used to die cut and emboss card and then coloured using Picket Fence, Antique Linen and a touch of Hickory Smoke Distress Paints. I then smeared a small amount of Glossy Accents onto the end of the feather and dipped it into Vintage Glitter Dust.
I attached the feather across my embellishments, together with a bottle top with a Gumdrop centre.
For the message, I cut a panel of card and inked it with Antique Linen Distress Ink before using the Hero Arts Printer's Alphabet Stamps to create my wording...
...and added the message to my finished card project!
 I really hope this card has given you some ideas and that you've loved the creative process behind it!

As always, if you need any further inspiration for this challenge, 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....



Just click on the link below to go shopping:


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


Products used:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Feather Duo

Bottle top and white card from my stash

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Two Hearts Beat As One

Hi everyone!

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and looking forward to a great Sunday!

Today, I'm thrilled to be guesting over on the Simon Says Stamp blog, where I've created a project using gorgeous products by Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink and Sizzix!
Hope you'll have some time to pop over, (click HERE) to check out the full reveal of my project and to see how I created it!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you tomorrow with my SSS Monday Challenge project!
Love Emma x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Travel The World...

Hey everyone!

Today, I'm sharing my third project that I created for Tim Holtz for CHA 2016! I think this has to be my favourite of all that I made, I couldn't have been happier with how this one turned out ~ it was exactly how I envisaged it in my head and I just loved all the beautiful products that I was lucky enough to use to create this framed panel.

As always, I've included plenty of photos for you to see all the details, so...I hope you enjoy looking through them all and love what I created!
I loved working with these beautiful layered butterflies by Sizzix and you can see from the photo below how I layered each of them using black card, that I gilded with Vintage Foil Transfer Sheets, and added over the top of Wallflower Vellum which created a really gorgeous look. I then added wire antennae to each of the butterflies and smaller punched vellum butterflies.


The framed panel was altered with Distress Paints to create a weathered shabby chic look and I added hints of gold to give more of a distressed feel.

I also used my favourite Globe die on the background which I created using Distress Paints and Texture Paste over the top of canvas.

For the finishing touch, I added Dapper Design Tape around the edges to create a framed border and a Small Talk Sticker and die cut word!
You can see below just how much dimension you can create with the butterflies. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today and hope you've enjoyed looking at this project, as much as I loved creating it!

See you tomorrow with a special post but until then...happy weekend!
Love Emma xxx

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