Monday, 31 August 2015

Trio Of Colour ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone...

It's Monday, which means that there is a brand new challenge starting today over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week is all about a Trio of Colour!

The challenge is to use three colours of ink, paint or another colour medium of the same kind. From distress ink to gelatos, acrylic paint to pens, you pick the medium and the trio and we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I chose to use a trio of colours that I think are a match made in heaven, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry and gold and used these to create a journal page with an explosion of colour and a little fun, Pablo Peckasso!
To begin with I used the Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry Mini Distress Ink pads and applied them directly to the right hand page of my Dylusions Journal which I had already lightly misted with water. I then moved the book around to create a dripped effect with the inks, just letting them run in any direction they wanted. I then applied the Distress Ink through the Donna Downey Bubbles stencil, moving the stencil around the pages and layering each colour and circle over the top of the previous until I was happy with the design.
I then wanted to create a bokeh effect over the top of the bubbles I'd already laid down and for this I used Dylusions Paint in White Linen and applied the paint through the Bubbles stencil using a mini blending tool.

I now had my basic background but needed to add more layers so for this I added some torn strips of Tissue Tape, some Texture Paste which I applied through the PaperArtsy Eclectica 3 stencil and to finish I added some flicks of Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray Stain across the pages.
I then set aside the pages and moved onto my little fun character ~ the artist that had caused this explosion of colour...Pablo Peckasso!
To begin with I stamped the bird twice, onto water colour card, watercoloured the images with Distress Marker Pens and a water brush and then used the co-ordinating dies to cut him and all his little body parts. Once my little birdie had been layered up, I added Glossy Accents over his eyes before attaching a memo pin complete with Chit Chat sticker under his wing.
I added one of the quotes from the Small Talk sticker set onto my page and then placed Pablo into position.
The next stage was to add the word "BOOM" which I stamped directly onto the page, before stamping a second image onto water colour card. I coloured the image stamped onto my page using Dylusions White Linen paint and then coloured the second image on the watercolour card, using Distress Marker Pens. I then cut around the outline of the boom word only and cutting away the little puffs of smoke and laid it over the top of the image on my page.
Finally, all that was needed was a paint brush and I used the stamp from the Crazy Things stamp set and once it was coloured, I added this to the page.

As the finishing touch, I added the third and final colour ~ a scattering of gold sequins and I hope you love these pages, as much as I loved creating them!!
 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 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 Dies: Bird Crazy
Tim Holtz Stamps: Bird Crazy, Crazy Things, Boom
Distress Spray Stain: Antiqued Bronze
Embellishments: Gold Sequins
Surfaces: Watercolour card

Saturday, 29 August 2015

In An English Country Garden...

Hi everyone...

It's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards Blog today and this month, I'm sharing some of the samples that I created for the recent 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft earlier this week! It features the wonderful Potting Shed II collection and if you head on over there, you can see this card below and many more of my makes...
Thanks for stopping by today and see you on Monday with my next Simon Says Stamp project!
Have a great weekend and happy Emma xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ticket To The World ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week we want you to show us your "TICKETS PLEASE"!!

Design Team member Sandra challenges us to show our tickets. From trains to concerts to planes, stamps to paper ~ we can't wait to see what you make!

For my project I was inspired by a vintage image of a sailor and created a canvas telling a story of his ticket to the world. As always I hope you love what I've created and that you'll enjoy my creative process...
To begin with I took an 8" square canvas and then used the Block Talk die to die cut some letters from chipboard to spell out the words "world ticket". I added the letters to my canvas and then covered the entire surface, including the lettering in PaperArtsy Chalk Paint. I then added a dry wash of Pumice Stone Distress Paint over the to create a worn look to the canvas. I outlined each of the letters using Hickory Smoke Distress Marker Pen, slightly smudging the ink with my finger.

When the surface was thoroughly dry I used a paint brush to flick small amounts of Broken China and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and again dried the paint thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.

To complete the canvas, I added some Texture Paste through the Chevron stencil and stamped directly onto the background with the Type stamp and then added some Correspondence Tissue Tape around each of the four edges.

Now comes the fun part of building up the canvas and this is all about layers...I love layering elements to create dimension and to create texture and this piece features layer upon layer upon layer!
To begin with I used the Ticket Die to die cut a piece of Manila card and inked the surface of the card with Vintage Photo and Old Paper Distress Ink. I added some Remnant Rubs down the side of the ticket and distressed the edges before attaching it to my canvas.
I then added the die cut globe to my canvas which was die cut from white card and coloured with Fossilised Amber and Broken China Distress Spray Stain. All the layers are built up with foam pads, to give added height and definition. 

I layered some die cut clouds cut from Deco Sheets and also added a die cut Gadget Gear, cut from card covered with metal foil tape and given the vintage feel with some alcohol ink.
The next part was to add some wording and to create the story of this sailor and to begin with I placed a Big Chat sticker inside a corked vial which was coloured with alcohol ink to give a more aged look. I tied some twine to the bottle neck before attaching it to my canvas using Glossy Accents.
I also used a flash card and added a small talk chit chat sticker, which I mounted onto a alpha part arrow, coloured with Fossilised Amber, Broken China and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints.
Finally I needed to add the storyteller and his photo, which came from the Vintage Photo Booth set. I distressed the edges of the image and then framed it with some wire thread that I coiled around a bottle to create a circular shape before buckling it slightly to make it less uniform in it's shape.
As a finishing touch I added some Sprocket Gears that I altered with the same colours of Distress Paint that was used on the arrow and popped a mirrored star onto the ticket.
...and that completes my canvas and this week's project, which I hope you enjoyed as much as I enjoyed making 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 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 Stamps: Type
Distress Spray Stain: Fossilised Amber, Broken China
Distress Ink: Hickory Smoke
Alcohol Ink: Pitch Black, Mushroom
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Chevron
Embellishments: Prima Black Wire Thread, Twine

Friday, 21 August 2015

Lazy Days of Summer...

Hi everyone!

Just a quick visit from me today to say hello, wish you all a very happy weekend and to share a card that I made for the August issue of Making Cards Magazine!

This card was all about summer and even though we haven't had the greatest of summers here in the UK, I can still remember my childhood when I broke up from school and we headed to the beach and for me, this card epitomises those days and good times...

As always, you can read all about how I made this shaker card in the magazine and back issues are available HERE but here on my blog, you can see all the details that are packed into this design with a difference...
The fun thing about this card is that all the backgrounds, the embossed frame, the seahorse and the starfish, all started life as white card. All that I added was some backing card, the moss, buttons, cheesecloth, shells and twine. I even created the striped background by masking the paper and using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint to form the stripes.
Hope you love looking at all the details of this card and enjoy your moment in the summer sun!
I added crystal dewdrops and sequins to form the shaker section of the card which is created using one of the folders from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Waves and Bubbles Texture Fade set.
All dies, embossing folders, Distress Paints, Stains and Inks ~ Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink and of course you can buy all the products I use from Simon Says Stamp!
I used Rock Candy Crackle Paint on the seahorse to create more texture and painted him (or her) with Distress Paint.
As you can see there is plenty of dimension to this card.
Don't forget that the new September issue of Making Cards is available now Making Cards complete with 16 free craft papers! 
Visit or call 01778 395171 to order and below is a sneaky peek of my project and some of the fabulous free papers. It's not to be missed...

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
See you Emma x

Monday, 17 August 2015

Citrus With A Twist ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone!

It's time for a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week we challenge you to use ~ Citrus With A Twist!

We are thinking all things citrus, neon and fresh. From orange to bright fresh colours, we want to see how you'll use citron...with your own twist!

For my project, I chose to make a card packed full of technique and dimension and focused on Tim Holtz's Twisted Citron colour, combining it with grey and black ~ I love this combination and LOVE how the beautiful lime green colour pops against the background! This card wasn't the easiest of tasks as I've been working with stitches in the palm of my hand for the last three challenges and doing the majority of things single handed but I was pretty amazed with what I achieved but so happy that they are now out and I'm back to full working order and two handed crafting!!

To begin with I cut a piece of watercolour card and spritzed the card with Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, moving the paper around to let the ink run and leave these wonderful drips.

I heat dried the card with a heat tool and then lightly flicked some Twisted Citron across the card. Once I was happy and everything was thoroughly dry, I added some Texture Paste through the Dot Fade stencil before machine stitching around the edge of the card, leaving some of the thread loose, which I loved! I then inked the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and added some stamped layers using stamps from the Correspondence stamp set. Finally, I matted the card onto some Black Soot Core'Dinations card and mounted the layers onto a black card blank.
For the embellishments, I made some paper blooms. For this I used the Tattered Florals die and die cut some paper. This is a great technique for using up that old designer paper that you bought but won't use ever again and you don't see any of that paper on the finished flower.

For each bloom, you need six layers of paper. Layer up the die cuts, slightly offsetting the petals each time you add the next piece and add a brad through the centre. Spritz the flower lightly with water to soften the fibres of the paper and then tightly scrunch each layer up, one at a time. Open out the flower and shape the petals before heat drying.
Once the flower is completely dry, add a layer of Gesso over the entire bloom and dry thoroughly. The gesso will make the flower quite firm and robust. Spritz the flower with Twisted Citron Distress Stain Spray and dry. If you need more colour, just keep on spritzing. Once happy, ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
I added my flowers to the front of my card, together with a die cut Frameworks piece, again coloured with Twisted Citron, torn tissue tape and a coiled circle of wire thread. I used black wire thread but at the moment, there is only white available but this is easily remedied as all you have to do is use a black permanent marker pen and change the colour.
I added some torn cheesecloth and altered sprocket gears and finished with a small talk sticker and a scattering of sequins.
I hope you love this card and the technique that I used to create the flowers. It really makes fabulous blooms and I adore the dimension that they give.
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 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 Stamps: Correspondence
Distress Spray Stain: Hickory Smoke, Twisted Citron, Black Soot
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Dot Fade
Surfaces: WaterColour Card

Friday, 14 August 2015

Forever Love...

Hi everyone!

Thank you for all the lovely comments you've been leaving me on my recent posts, I do enjoy reading them all and appreciate all the kind words. I also wanted to say a big hello to all my new followers ~ welcome aboard and hope you enjoy the journey!! 

Today, I'm just popping by with a card that I was commissioned to create for the Designs With A Difference feature in the July issue of Making Cards Magazine. This style can be used for any occasion but I wanted to create something very pretty and elegant for a wedding. You can read all about how I made this card with an element of surprise in the magazine, together with a template for the box. Back copies are available HERE but I thought it would be nice to share the card with you, here on my blog!

So, I hope you'll enjoy looking at all the details of this project and if you scroll down, there is a little surprise when you open up the box...

When you pull back the inside box from the slipcase, you can now see the element of surprise...
...pop up hearts!

Below is more detail of the inside...
...and the rows of hearts!
...and what's so cool about this project, when you close the box, it's completely freestanding!!
The papers I used, which are perfect for a wedding theme are from the gorgeous Fancy That collection from My Mind's Eye and I used these in conjunction with Tim Holtz dies ~ Heartfelt and Handwritten.

I really hope you've enjoyed today's post and I'll see you again very soon!
Emma x


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