Monday, 29 September 2014

Autumn Leaves Tutorial for the Tim Holtz Media Team

Hello again, everyone!!

I'm back with my second post of today and I just wanted to drop by to let you know that today, I'm thrilled to be sharing my Autumn Leaves Canvas for the Tim Holtz Media Team.

You can see my tutorial for this piece in full, over on Tim's blog and I do hope that you will pop over!

I had so much fun making this project and I'm really looking forward to sharing the process of how I made this with you all!
Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you again very soon!
Emma xx

Finishing Touch ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

As you all know Simon Says Stamp has been having a month long party to celebrate STAMPtember and as the month comes to a close we have one final challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and it's the perfect way to end our celebrations ~ we want you to show us your FINISHING TOUCH STAMPING!!

For me, what better way could there be than finishing your project with Jean-Jacques Rousseau's wonderful quote made into a stamp by Tim Holtz. As always, I hope you love what I've made.
To begin with, I created my background by attaching Tissue Wrap to a piece of Manila card using Multi Medium. I then started layering my Distress Paints, starting with the Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen before adding a wash of Picket Fence over the top. Once I was happy with the blend, I then added some texture, using Ranger Texture Paste and applying it through the Speckles Layering Stencil onto random areas of my background. Once the paste was dry, I used my finger to add some light touches of Vintage Photo over the top of the paste.
I then distressed the edges of the card and matted it onto a piece of cream card, followed by kraft card. I added a final layer of black card, which I lightly inked around the edges with Picket Fence Distress Stain, wrapped a piece of stained Crinkle Ribbon around the centre of the matts and then attached them onto the front of my black tent fold card blank.
Cut a further strip of the Crinkle ribbon and dye using Victorian Velvet and Antiqued Bronze Distress Stains. Thread the ribbon through the strip attached to the front of your card and tie into a bow, together with a piece of paper string. Alter one of the Adornment Arrows by applying a small amount of Antique Bronze Distress Paint to the surface and then place the painted arrow underneath the centre of the bow.
Next, I used the Mini Feather and Inkwell die from Tim Holtz to die cut pieces of Grungepaper. I painted the inkwell with Black Soot Distress Paint and used Picket Fence to colour the two die cut feathers. Each piece was inked around the edges to give a vintage feel and then set aside to dry.

To create the crumpled letter, I inked up a piece of Manila cardstock using Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and then spritzed the paper with water before scrunching it up. Carefully unfold the card, tear the edges and then apply a light amount of ink over the surfaces and onto the torn edges.
Attach the letter onto the front of your card, using foam pads and layering it over the top of some cheesecloth. Add the die cut ink well and feathers and finally, to complete the card add two of the stamps from the Ephemera pack attaching them with a mini paperclip and attach Industrious Sticker trims onto each of the four corners of the card.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this card and as always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from all of 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Distress Ink: Old Paper and Vintage Photo
Grungepaper
Cheesecloth from my own stash


Friday, 26 September 2014

Making The Most Of Your Crafty Stash....

Hi everyone!

I'm just dropping by to let you know that you still have time to register for the start of May Flaum's, Supplies On Hand online classes. The classes run from October 1-10, 2014 and each class is going to be packed with videos and lessons on how you can make the most of your crafty stash and let's face it, we all have an abundance of stash. There are some fabulous designers contributing, including Anna~Karin Evaldsson, Ashli Oliver, Shimelle Laine and many more and there's also going to be a contribution from myself!

All the details of the class are HERE and a sneaky peek of some of the projects are below. So, what are you waiting for?!?! Class has never been so much fun.....
I really hope to see you there!
Have a great weekend...Emma xxx

Monday, 22 September 2014

Stamp and Stencil Fun ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge


Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and can you believe how fast the last week has flown by? Today, we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week we challenge you to some "STAMP AND STENCIL FUN". Whether you stick with STAMPtember stamping or mix it up and pull out a stencil ~ this week we want to see how you stamp or stencil your way into crafty fun!

I've absolutely loved this week's theme and, I definitely stamped and stencilled my heart out and loved every minute of it to create this hanging full of inky goodness!
...and here's how I created it!

To begin with, I took a piece of white card, cut to 6" square and swooshed it through some Evergreen Bough, Picket Fence and Brushed Pewter Distress Stains that I applied to my craft sheet and then spritzed with water. I picked up all the ink from the mat and at this point, if you do have any residue ink left over, either use another piece of card to mop it up or swipe your existing card through it to give more depth of colour. Once the card is dry, I then used Multi Medium to attach some torn Tissue Wrap over the top of the inked card, before applying a very thin coat of Picket Fence over the top.
Next, I laid a Tim Holtz Latticework Layering stencil over the top of my card and using the Distress Marker Spritzer, I misted Black Soot through the stencil onto random areas of my card. After a quick blast with a heat tool to set the ink, I then took the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag Dots stencil, placed over the top of my card and applied Texture Paste through the stencil. Move the stencil around the card to apply the paste onto different areas.
Once the card was completely dry, I matted it onto some textured paper and machine stitched around the edge. I then stamped a Tim Holtz message directly onto the background using black Archival Ink.
The next stage was to create the larger background for this piece and for this, I used an 8" square piece of chipboard and gave it a coat of Gesso. When the Gesso was dry, I then applied a layer of Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the top. Dry this coat of paint thoroughly and then, as with the previous layer, add torn pieces of Tissue Wrap over the top. Add another light wash of Distress Paint blending Evergreen Bough with a touch of Picket Fence and dry.

Lay down the stencil over the top of the painted surface and again, using Black Soot Distress Marker and the spritzer, lightly spritz through the stencil and heat set with a heat tool.
Add some streaks of white acrylic paint onto the corners and then mount the previous matt over the top of the painted chipboard, using foam pads.

Now we need to embellish and for this I chose to use the Layered Dragonfly. I attached a piece of metal foil tape over Grungepaper and then die cut and embossed the dragonfly. I applied various shades of blue and green Alcohol Ink to the surface, blending it with gold mixative.
I added some sprocket gears and a game spinner to the dragonfly's body and then attached it to my wallhanging, laying it over the top of some cheesecloth.
Finally, I added some more gears, a hinge clip and an adornment arrow which I altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and as always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from all of 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies: Layered Dragonfly
Distress Paint ~ Picket FenceEvergreen Bough
Grungepaper
Alcohol Ink ~ Gold Mixative, Citrus, Pool
Cheesecloth from my own stash

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fab 50's

Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left on my last post. I really do appreciate all your visits and the time you take to read all my blog posts ~ it always makes all the hard work that goes into each piece so worthwhile!

Today is a flying visit, I've got numerous projects to make and deadlines are looming...in fact, I daren't look at my "to-do" list, it might send me into fright mode, lol!! But I did want to pop by and welcome my new followers ~ *hello* and to share a card that I made for the September issue of Making Cards Magazine. I was commissioned to create a design with a difference and this, is what I came up with. A 7" record sleeve, complete with "vinyl"! As always, I hope you love it...

My inspiration behind this card was my love of vinyl, (yep...I'm afraid what little space isn't taken up with crafting is taken up with vinyl!!!) and Jen Long's recent release of 1950's dies for Sizzix. I used one of these die sets to decorate the front of my card, together with some shapes that I drew and cut myself.

The beautiful car is die cut from Craftwork Cards pearl card and layered with brushed silver card.
I used glitter card for the stars and added all the elements to a background of polka dot paper from Inspire Me.
The vinyl which pulls out of the sleeve is a circle of black card, mounted on black mirri card. I punched a hole in the centre and stamped it with Tim Holtz's Tall Text stamps. To complete the card, I added an easel at the back so that it would be freestanding.
Right, my break time is over and my coffee has been finished...
Thanks again for stopping by today and I'll see you soon!
Love Emma xxx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Rock The Technique ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

...and welcome to a fun new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, it's all about technique! We want you to ROCK THE TECHNIQUE and show us your stamping skills and whatever you choose, we can't wait to see the finished projects!

For my piece, I decided to make a pocket tag card and used the resist technique to create the background. I absolutely love this technique and combined with the Flower Loop stamp from Hero Arts, it just created the most wonderful backdrop to my embellishments.

...and this is how I made it!

To begin with, I took a piece of black card, 4.25" x 5.5". I inked up the Hero Arts Looped Flower with clear embossing ink and then stamped directly onto the card. Apply clear embossing powder over the top of the wet ink and heat emboss until it becomes molten and shiny.

I applied a coat of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint over the top of the embossed card, using a damp piece of kitchen towel to wipe away the paint from the embossed areas. I then added a second coat of paint, again wiping away the excess before adding a final thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top.

Once the card was dry, I mounted it onto my pocket which I made from 2 pieces of kraft card stuck together and then, applied Tissue Tape around the edges.
I added some Tissue Tape and a Industrious Border strip across the front of the pocket and then used the Tattered Florals die to create some hand crafted die cut roses, using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink as my colour palette. I added the roses to my pocket, layering them over the top of a piece of Trellis Frameworks die, die cut from chipboard and painted with Distress Paints. For the leaves, I inked up some card using Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then die cut the Tattered Leaves and Garden Greens foliage from the card. I then slightly crumpled the larger leaves before unfolding them and inking the edges. I attached these to my flower arrangement and added die cut chipboard twigs, painted with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
For the butterfly, I used the Mini Movers and Shapers die to die cut a piece of Grungepaper. I painted the Grungepaper with the same paints as I used on the background before adding a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the top. Once the crackles have appeared and the paint is dry, I applied some Picket Fence Distress Paint and let it seep into the crackles. I attached the butterfly to my pocket, placing a Game Spinner on the centre of it's body.

As a finishing touch I stamped the quote onto a piece of inked Manila card, distressed the edges before crumpling it up to give an aged look to the card. I attached this with a Memo Pin to my flower cluster.
For the tag, I used a Size 8 Manila tag and swooshed it through some Broken China and Peacock Feathers Distress Stains that I had applied to my craft sheet and then misted with water. I distressed the edges of the tag, before inking them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and stamping one of my favourite Tim Holtz quote stamps directly onto the background with black Archival Ink. 
I used a Distress Marker to colour the shadow on the wording and added some Tissue Tape and a border strip, then mounted it onto kraft card and added a crinkle bow to the top, hand dyed using Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain. 
You can now add the tag to the pocket for the hidden surprise and message of love....
 
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and as always, if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration, then you need to look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Grungepaper



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Supplies On Hand with May Flaum

Hello!!

Today, I have a really exciting announcement to tell you all about ~ I'm going to be a contributor to May Flaum's new class, Supplies On Hand. These classes are all about making the most of your crafty stash and there is an absolutely amazing line up of crafters and scrapbookers who are all contributing to these classes, sharing their projects, hints and tips of how to use those "supplies on hand", and I can't tell you how honoured I am to be amongst them all.

I will be sharing one totally exclusive and brand new project, (sneaky peek below) and showing you how to make the most of your punches and dies to use up all those unwanted papers that you no longer need, or like!!
So, what are you waiting for ~ just click HERE for all the details of these fun classes and if you register before 20th September, then you will be saving $5!!

I'll see you in class!
Emma x

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