Monday, 18 May 2015

Young Love ~ x,y,z Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a new week and to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week we are focusing on not one, but three letters of the alphabet ~ X,Y and Z!! You could be inspired by the end (as this is the end of the alphabet), zoo animals, yellow or yarn! What else can you think of? It's up to you to decide and we can't wait to see what you share with us all this week!

For my project, I decided to create a journal page about the story of Young Love and because I never make life easy for myself, I incorporated the letters X, Y and Z within my page and here's what I did...

To begin with I took my Dylusions journal and started to create the background by applying Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed (Y for yellow) Distress Ink directly from the pad to the page. I then gave a light spritz of water and moved the journal around to make the inks run. Once happy, I heat set the inks with a heat tool before adding strips of Tissue Tape across the two pages.
Next I wanted to add some layers and started by sponging Jet Black Archival Ink through the Mesh Layering Stencil using a blending tool. I then started to add my next layer to the background by applying Texture Paste through the letters XO (x of XO) from the Valentine Layering Stencil. I added the lettering to random areas of my pages.

For the next layer... I used the Zig Zag Dots stencil (z for zig zag) and applied more Texture Paste through this stencil, again adding it to random areas on my page. For my final layer, I used the Cracks Stamp from the Cracks and Specks stamp set by Tim Holtz and inked it with Wendy Vecchi's Orange Blossom Archival Ink and stamped the cracks onto the page.

To complete the pages, I added some splashes of Black Soot, Barn Door and Picket Fence Distress Paint by picking up the paint on a paint brush and just flicking the colour across the two page spread and added some Industrious Border Stickers.
Now that the background was complete, I started to create my focal point and to tell the story and for this I used one of the Photo Booth images from Tim Holtz. When I look at these images, I instantly see a story in every photo and for me, this photo shouted "Young Love". 
I began by distressing the edges of the photo to give a more aged look and then matted the image onto layers of Core'dinations card and Wallflower paper stash. (This is a great way of using up those offcuts that you always save a future project).

I attached the photo to my background, adding some coils of black wire behind it, which created the perfect frame told draw the eye into the page.
To complete the page, I attached a Flash Card, a vellum butterfly and First Class Mail piece, both from Ephemera packs and some pieces of Idea-ology.
As the finishing touch, I added the "Hello Darling" Small Talk sticker and used a Pumice Stone Distress Marker to highlight around the edge of the sticker and also around the edge of the Flash Card...

...and that completes my journal pages!
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created my journal pages and you've enjoyed how I incorporated the letter's X, Y and Z within this project. 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 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:

Simon Says Stamp Products: Zig Zag Dots Stencil
Tim Holtz Stamps: Cracks and Specks
Distress Paint: Black Soot, Barn Door and Picket Fence
Embellishments: Prima Wired Thread
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Mesh

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Take Flight (Part 2)

Hi everyone!

Just a flying visit today but I'm here because I've been asked by quite a few people if it would be possible to share the template for this card *points down* that I posted on Wednesday!
You can see that post in full HERE but today, your wishes are my command as below is the template for the folds that I used to create this card!
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you left me on this card ~ I always say it but you do blow me away with all your kind words and sweet messages!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that the sun shines wherever you are!
See you Emma xxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Take Flight...

Hello everyone!

I'm popping by today to share a card that I had published in the May issue of Making Cards Magazine! The regular readers of the magazine will know that every month I create a Designs With A Difference card project and when I started thinking about the May project, I thought it would be wonderful to create a card showcasing the gorgeous butterfly stamp from Tim Holtz's Perspective stamp set.

So with this in mind, I created this fancy fold card and as always, I hope you love it!
As you can see, the card itself can be displayed in two ways and to be honest, I love both ~ it's really hard to choose from and below, I've included lots of close up details of the card.
For more details of how this card is made and for full instructions and a template, then back issues of the magazine are available HERE!

Don't you just love that butterfly stamp? I stamped this onto watercolour card and used Distress Marker Pens to colour the image ~ blending a combination of blues, greens and browns.

All products used on this card are by Tim Holtz including the gorgeous backing papers that are from the Wallflower Paper stash.
Thanks for stopping by today and hope you love what I've shared!
See you soon and if the sun is shining where you are ~ enjoy!
Love Emma xxx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Live Every Day With Intention ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

It's the start of a brand new week here on my blog and that means it's the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week there is just one rule ~ we want you to use any one Simon Says Stamp brand stamp, stencil, ink pad, cardstock, die or kit on your project! You can also feature other things ~ just be sure to let us know what Simon brand exclusive product you used in your creation this week!

I chose to use a selection of SSS products to create my card and hope you enjoy the creative process behind it!

To begin with, I cut a piece of watercolour card to measure 6" square. I misted the card with water and then took my Broken China and Shabby Shutters Mini Distress Ink Pads direct to the card and applied some ink from both colours to the damp card. Mist a little more water onto the card and watch the inks blend together, letting them drip and run to create a gorgeous background.

Next, I wanted to add some more to my background and applied a combination of blues and greens directly onto my SSS Ring Cluster stencil, misted the stencil with water and then stamp the stencil directly onto the background and press down. I removed the stencil to leave me with this gorgeous reverse print.
Dry the card thoroughly before applying some Jet Black Archival ink through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil using a blending tool. Add a few flicks and splashes of Distress Stains using a brush to pick up the colour and then just flicking onto the card ~ for this, I used Evergreen Bough and Abandoned Coral. Give another burst of heat to dry the ink completely or set aside whilst you start stamping!

I stamped the Exercise Girl image onto a further piece of watercolour card using black Archival Ink and then coloured her using a water brush and Distress Marker Pens that I scribbled onto my craft sheet. I then used the co-ordinating die to die cut the image and set her to one side to work on the next stage.
...and for this, I applied strips of torn tissue tape across the centre of the inked background and also used the Scribbles and Splats die to die cut one of the scribbles from Kraft Core card stock, which I attached over the top of the tissue tape stuck to my card. I then, inked around the edges of the card using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
I then used the SSS Chevron Clouds die to die cut a set of clouds from white pearl card which I attached to my background using foam pads for dimension....
...added a coil of white Wired Thread, before popping the beautiful stamped image amongst the clouds. When adding each layer I ensure that each time I used more foam pads to create the height and perspective I wanted.
To complete my card, I added some sequins dotted around the background and a small talk sticker.

I then matted and layered my finished artwork onto layers of white and Fog Gray card stock before mounting it onto a 7" white card blank.
I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and you've been inspired by some of the techniques I've used to create my background. 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 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: Scribbles and Splats Thinlits Die Set
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Various shades of blues and green Distress Inks
Embellishments: Prima Wired Thread
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Dot Fade

Monday, 4 May 2015

Don't Abandon The Coral ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

I can't quite believe that it's Monday already but that means we have an exciting new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's called ~ Don't Abandon The Coral!!

Abandoned Coral was the second new distress colour of 2015 and is the inspiration behind this challenge. If you don't have this colour then that's ok, we challenge you to use any coral paper, ink, paint or other product and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I love to see black and white with a pop of a third colour, I always think it looks so striking and the vibrancy of Abandoned Coral is the PERFECT colour to do this with! So, that's exactly what I did and I hope you love this piece that I made!

To begin with I started by creating my striped background. For this, I took a piece of greyboard, 6' x 6" and painted the entire board with a coat of Chalk White Fresco Finish Paint from PaperArtsy. Then, once the paint is completely dry I used masking tape and masked off the stripes. For this, I laid down the first strip of tape, then measured the width of the tape, left a gap and then attached a second strip and so on. I then painted the background where the tape wasn't covering the board using Black Soot Distress Paint. Dry the paint completely before removing your strips of tape to reveal the perfect striped background.

I then set that aside whilst I began working on the larger background ~ for this, I used an 8" x 8" board and again painted the entire surface using Chalk White PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint. I then started to create some layers by first using Texture Paste applied through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and then mixing a small amount of paint with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and then applying this to random areas of the background by applying it through the Mesh Layering Stencil. Let all your paste dry before adding splashes and flicks of Black Soot and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.
Edge the entire painted board with a line of Black Soot and set aside to dry before mounting the smaller striped background onto the centre, using foam pads to add dimension.

Now for embellishments and for this, I began by die cutting a piece of chipboard using the Postage Frame Movers and Shapers die and placing the largest of the Sized Rectangle movers and shapers dies in the centre to create my frame. I then painted the frame with a coat of gesso before applying a layer of Antiqued Bronze paint mixed with a little Vintage Photo. Completely dry the painted frame and then apply a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint. Allow the paint to dry and the crackles to appear before adding a small amount of Walnut Stain Distress Stain and letting the colour seep into the cracks. Wipe away the excess with a damp cloth.
For the crackled background within the frame, I painted a piece of Manila card with a layer of Black Soot Distress Paint, added a layer of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze over the top and when dry, I added a layer of Snowflake Fresco Finish. Let the paint dry and the crackles appear!
Die cut the crackled card using the Honeycomb die from the gorgeous Mixed Media dies by Tim Holtz and attach the die cut card to the back of your postage stamp frame. Mount the frame onto the striped background.
Die cut the remaining crackled card using the Garden Greens die and set the foliage aside to add later.
For the large flower, I used the Tattered Florals die to die cut card, coloured with...yep, you guessed it ~ Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain!! I assembled the flower by layering the die cut shapes over the top of one another and then added a centre by punching black card using a Martha Stewart Snowflake die. To complete the flower, I added a crystal centrepiece.
Attach the flower to the front to the bottom left hand corner of the frame and add the die cut crackled foliage, some rusty wire coils and some pieces of Idea-ology, including a photo from the Emporium Ephemera pack and some Sprocket Gears. 
To complete the project, I attached twine to an Observations word band, coloured with Picket Fence Distress paint and added this to my arrangement, letting the twine hang just fall loosely onto the board. 

I really hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and if you're inspired to have a go at creating a striped background, then I'd love to see! 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 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: Abandoned Coral
Distress Stain: Walnut Stain
Mediums: Ranger Texture Paste, Snowflake and Chalk PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint, Crackle Glaze, Gesso
Embellishments: Twine
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Dot Fade, Mesh
Surfaces: Greyboard from my stash, Manila Card, Black Card

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Enjoy Yourself...

Hey everyone!

It's the first Saturday of the month which means it's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog and here's a sneaky peek of what I made for the recent Create and Craft shows using the Love A Cuppa collection!
Hope you'll click HERE to pop over to the blog to check out the rest of my makes and that you all have a fabulous weekend!
See you on Monday with my regular Simon Says Stamp post!
Love Emma xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

A Home Is Made of Love and Dreams...

Hey everyone and wishing you all a very Happy May Day!

Firstly, thank you so much to all my new followers, it's always lovely to see new faces and I hope you enjoy my creative journey! :)

Today, I'm popping by to share a little project that I made using some gorgeous DecoArt products. I've used their products in the past but I had never used Chalky Finish paint and I was absolutely blown away with the result!
I'd picked up a piece of home decor from Primark a while back, it was reduced to £1 and it was one of those moments when I thought, "hey, that might be useful to upcycle one never know"! Of course, it stayed in my stash and I never found that moment until now and armed with Relic and Everlasting Chalky paint, I gave this unloved piece a makeover ~ which took it from this..... this!!!
I love the look of French shabby chic furniture and decided to create a piece that would have the same feel. So after painting my Home sign with a coat of Relic, I then dry brushed a layer of Everlasting over the top. I sanded back some of the top layer of paint to reveal the layer underneath before applying a coat of Creme Wax, which will protect my paint.
To embellish my shabby chic sign, I added a Prima Marketing Resin Angel and some Finnabair Metal Flowers ~ all of which are altered using Metallic Lustre Waxes in Fab Fuchsia and Gold Rush.
To complete the arrangement, I also added some paper roses which I dipped into a little of the Everlasting Chalky Finish Paint, a hat pin and a paperclip.
To go alongside my newly painted home decor sign, I also painted a bottle using a couple of coats of Serene Chalky Finish paint, with a dry brushing of Everlasting over the top. The paint adheres to the glass beautifully and I love how you can sand it back to reveal some of the glass underneath and create a worn look. To complete the bottle, I applied some Relic through an Andy Skinner stencil. To give the paint a durable finish, I popped the throughly dry bottle into the oven for 30 mins, 325 F ~ this cures the paint.
As a finishing touch, I added twine and hanging metal heart before making some paper roses using the Tattered Pinecone die from Tim Holtz and colouring the petals with Distress Inks to create an everlasting bouquet of flowers.
Thank you so much for popping by today and I hope you love these pieces of home decor that I've made!

See you soon ~ love Emma xx


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