Monday, 20 October 2014

Box of Tricks ~ Anything Goes Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

It's the start of a new week and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and I think this week will be a popular one as it's ANYTHING GOES! No rules, just be creative and we can't wait to see what you make!

Me? Well, you know by now that I LOVE Halloween and as the 31st October approaches, I was in the mood to create another little project incorporating an ATB (Artist Trading Block) and all that's fun and spooktacular about this time of year! As always, I hope you love my box of tricks and I really look forward to reading all your comments!
So, how did I make it?
Well, to begin with I've used the wonderful Eileen Hull die to create an ATB which is the perfect base for all my decorations that I will be adding to it!
I cut a piece of card to size from the Tim Holtz Motif Resist cardstock pack, inked the pieces with Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and then attached the individual pieces to each side of the block.

To complete the block and give it that real vintage feel, I added some box corners to each of the four corners on the base.
I then made a rosette using Tim Holtz's Rosette die and another strip of the Motif Resist cardstock inked with Distress Inks and added this to the front panel of my block.
Now for the fun part of decorating the top section and to begin with, I crackled three Corked Vial bottles using the Multi Medium and Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint method that Tim Holtz explains how to do, on page 54 of the Compendium of Curiosities Vol III. Once each bottle. Once the crackle had appeared, I then applied alcohol ink with a blending tool to each bottle to give a vintage, worn look before applying Remnant  Rubs to vial labels and adding them to each bottle.
I also used the same crackle method onto one of the corked dome before adding Distress Glitter and some of the Wishbones inside the dome and applying the "Bone Dust" Remnant Rub onto the outside.
I placed the bottles over the top of a piece of cheesecloth, which I dyed with Frayed Burlap Distress Stain and added some bats, (the die that I used is now unfortunately discontinued but any bat die will be perfect for this project) die cut from Grungepaper, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and attached to wire. At this stage, I also added some black flowers to one of the bottles to look like they were in a vase but I tore away some of the petals and scattered them onto the finished arrangement.
The number "31" is from Tim's Letterpress Set and I added Wild Honey Distress Paint to accentuate the numbers before adding this to the top of my block. Finally, I added some Wishbones which I cut in half.
Finally, I used another of the die cut bats and placed this on the front of the rosette, and added one of the crossbones adornments to the centre.
...and that, completes my Halloween box of tricks!
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!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:

Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Paper Rosette Strip Die
Distress Stain: Frayed Burlap
Distress Glitter: Antique Linen
From my stash: Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Bat & Skull die set by Tim Holtz

Monday, 13 October 2014

O is for...October ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and you're ready for this week's brand new fun challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!?! This week is all about "O Is For....".

So, what will you use? October Afternoon products? Be inspired by the number one? Create an ombre effect? Or just order lots of new exciting goodies to play with? Whatever you choose, we want to see what O means in your crafting!

For me? It was always going to be about O for October, and of course in October, we have Halloween and here's a card that I created using a combination of some gorgeous new, and some fabulous older Tim Holtz products. Isn't it funny how I can love using spiders and spiders webs in this context but absolutely run a mile if I'm ever faced with one in reality?!?!
To begin with, I took a piece of Manila cardstock 12 x17 cm in size and swiped it through some Seedless Preserves, Barn Door, Picket Fence, Dusty Concord and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains that I applied to my craft sheet and spritzed with water. After picking up all the stains and drying the card, I then went back to pick up the small droplets that remained to give the mottled effect that you can see on the background.

Next, I inked up the Spider's Web stamp with black Archival Ink and stamped it across the two corners of the inked card before stamping the Carved Spider stamp to hang down in between.
I then wanted to add another layer to the card and to do this, I used the Halloween Layering Stencil and applied Texture Paste through the stencil to create the "spider web" wording across the top.
After inking the edges of the card with Black Soot Distress Stain, I then aged them and slightly tore the card to give a vintage, distressed look before matting it onto purple cardstock.
Cut a piece of linen ribbon and once again, using Dusty Concord Distress Stain applied to my craft sheet, I dyed the ribbon purple and then wrapped it around the inked background, tying it into a bow to secure it into place. I then mounted the background onto black Core'dinations card and matted it onto my kraft card blank.
To create the bottles, I used the Apothecary Dies and die cut two bottles from Grungeboard. I painted each bottle with Picket Fence Distress Paint and then added some Antique Linen and Pumice Stone over the top to give an aged look to the bottles. Apply a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and leave to dry. Once the crackles have appeared, I then applied a small amount of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and allowed this to sink into the crackles before wiping away any excess, as I still wanted to have the bottle mainly white in colour!

I tied a small amount of black and white string around the necks of the dried bottles and then added them onto the front of my card blank, using foam pads to add dimension and then coloured the cork bottle tops using Gathered Twigs and Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and added these to the bottles.
I used Vial Labels, slightly inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and placed them on the front of each bottle and added a Remnant Rub.

To complete the card, I added some piece of Idea-Ology to the linen ribbon bow....
...and then attached a Hinge Clip to the side of the card, which I altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint and hung an Enameled Charm from the clip, painted with Seedless Preserves Distress Paint before using a white Remnant Rub over the top and finished it all off with a further Remnant Rub down the side of the inked background.
And that's how I created this spooky card and as always, I hope you love what I've made!
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!
See you again Emma xx

Products used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Apothecary Bottles
Distress Ink: Black Soot

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Falling In Love Tutorial for Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone, and also a big hello to all my new followers!

Thank you so much for the lovely comments you left on yesterday's post, you made my day with all your kind words.

It's been a busy few days on the blog but today, I'm thrilled to sharing my Falling In Love tutorial over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and I really hope you'll pop over to take a look at what I've created and here's another little sneaky peek of what you'll find if you click HERE!
As always, don't forget that if you're looking for some fabulous inspiration, then you need to look no further than the Monday Challenge blog where every week the Design Team share all their projects. Also, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....

See you Emma xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

You're Invited ~ Halloween Party Invitation Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm sharing a fun Halloween project that I've created for the Tim Holtz Media Team. Halloween has to be one of my favourite times of the year and when I started thinking about what I wanted to create for today's post, I thought about all those Halloween parties and when it comes to parties, we all need invitations. So today, I'm sharing my invitation with a twist and I hope you love it, just as much as I loved creating it!!

I want to share the basic concept of how to create the card, after that it's up to you how much you want to decorate it and how elaborate you want to make it! You can make it as simple as you like, or you can go to town but whatever you choose, this basic card shape is wonderful for so many projects!

To begin with, and to create the frame, cut a piece of black cardstock, 6" x 8" in size and with the card placed in front of you and the longest side facing you, score the frame at 0.5", 1", 7" and 7.5" and fold along the scorelines.

To create the aperture in the centre, measure 1", 1.5", 4.5" and 5" from the second score line on the left hand side and score. Turn the card around 90˚ and then score again at 1", 1.5", 4.5" and 5" to create a square in the middle of your frame section of card. Cut diagonally from corner to corner of the scored square to create four triangular flaps in the centre. Create a mountain fold, followed by a valley fold along each of the scorelines to create your inset to your frame.
Mount the frame onto a piece of 6" square black card by applying tape onto the end tabs of the scored card to form a box.
Add adhesive to each of the flaps on your frame and attach them to the backing card.
Cut a further piece of black card, 10cm square and place the card in the centre of the box frame and attach with glue. You now have your basic frame. 
To create the cover for your card, cut a further piece of black card, 9" x 6" and score vertically at 2.25" and 2.75".
Cut four strips of textured cardstock, 0.75" x 5.75" and on two of the pieces cut away the corner section. Attach the cardstock to the front of your frame, sticking the uncut pieces onto the sides of your box and then attaching the cut strips to the top and bottom sections of your frame, layering them over the sides sections to give the appearance of a mitred corner.
Spritz the back and front of your cover and the front of your box with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Spray and leave to dry.
Attach the cover by applying glue to the back section of card only and wrapping it around your shadowbox frame card.
For the front of the card, I cut a piece of Manila card, 5" square and swiped it through some Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and misted with water.
I then stamped the image of the witch and the message, both from the Carved Halloween stamp set directly onto the card and coloured it with Distress Marker pens.  
I matted the stamped image onto purple cardstock and machine stitched around the edge before attaching it onto the cover of my frame, using foam pads to create dimension.
For the inside of the cover, I used another piece of Manila cardstock, 5" square and used the same colours of Distress Stain applied to my craft sheet as I used for the background for the witch image. I then layered the Halloween Layering Stencil over the top and spritzed through the stencil using the Distress Marker Spritzer and Pumice Stone Distress Marker Pen. 
I matted the inked card onto grey cardstock and mounted it onto my inside cover. To decorate this section, I used the Candlelight Fright die and die cut the spider from Grungeboard and painted it with Black Soot and Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. At this point, I also added some machine stitching to my background.
Once the paint is dry, I added a layer of Glossy Accents over the top and applied Black Soot Distress Glitter to the spider.
Using the Cobweb Sizzlits Decorative die, die cut some black Core'dinations card and cut into sections.
Attach the webs to the background card on the inside cover, by applying small amounts of glue to just the very corner sections, leaving the rest of the cobweb free. Add the die cut glittered spider.
Ink up the Happy Halloween and event tickets from the Odds and Ends stamp set and stamp a few of these tickets onto inked cardstock. Cut out each of the tickets as these will act as the invite for your invitation. What's great is that you can add the name of the recipient, the event and where the party will be held onto the ticket.
 Tuck the tickets inside one of the die cut webs.
...and now, to decorate the shadowbox section of the frame.
To begin with, I used the gorgeous clock as my background and added Game Spinners to the dial, which I coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Paint and added the remaining cobweb die cuts. I then crackled some Corked Vials, which Tim explains how to do, on page 54 of Compendium of Curiosities Vol III and added alcohol ink and Vial Labels to each little bottle.
I placed the bottles along the shelf, together with some cheesecloth, die cut bats and some wishbones, which I cut up and placed on a bed of Antique Linen Distress Glitter sprinkled over the top of Glossy Accents to create a mound.
I even added a couple of bottles to the top of the box and attached another die cut bat to a piece of wire and wrapped it around the bottle to give the appearance of it flying.
Finally, and we're nearly there...I hand dyed some Crinkle Ribbon with Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Stains, attached this down the side of my invite. I attached an Enameled Tag to the bow, which I coloured using Seedless Preserves Distress Paint, added a Remnant Rub over the dried paint and attached it with a Ephemera piece to the bow, using a wire pin.
...and that's my party invite for Halloween!

Thank you so much for looking and for stopping by today ~ I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!
See you soon, Emma x


Surfaces: Ranger: Black Card, Manila Card. Black Soot Core'Dinations Card, Grungeboard, Grungepaper. Purple and Grey Cardstock.

Dies: Sizzix Alterations Candlelight Fright Bigz Die, Mini Bat and Skull Movers & Shapers, Cobwebs Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die

Stamps: Carved Halloween, Odds and Ends

Ink: Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Old Paper, Antiqued Bronze, Picket Fence and Pumice Stone Distress Stains. Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Spray. Various colours of Distress Marker Pens. Jet Black Archival Ink

Alcohol Ink: Red Pepper and Pitch Black

Mediums: Multi Medium, Glossy Accents

Glitter: Black Soot Distress Glitter, Antique Linen Distress Glitter

Paint: Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint, Black Soot Distress Paint, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves and Brushed Pewter

Embellishments: Halloween Apothecary Remnant Rubs, Wire Pins, Corked Vials, Wishbones, Game Spinners, Crinkle Ribbon, Expedition Ephemera Pack, Enameled Tag

Layering Stencil: Halloween

Tools: Vagabond, Ranger Craft Sheet, Watercolour Brush, Distress Marker Spritzer, Sanding Tool


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