Monday, 13 April 2015

In The Middle ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a fabulous weather and the sun shone where you are! Can you believe we're starting another brand new week? This year is absolutely flying by at lightning speed but the start of a new week means that we have a fun new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week is called ~ In The Middle!

If you're inspired by being "in the middle" then we would love to see what you create! Are you stuck in the middle of creative chaos? Will your focal point be in the middle of your project? Or will you journal about being in the middle of something? Whatever you decide, we hope you'll join us!!

For my project, I couldn't resist using those crazy birds from the Bird Crazy stamp set by Tim Holtz and of course, there's always one that will stand out in the middle of a crowd and look how this cutie has made sure she's the centre of attention!!!
So, here's what I did to create my card:

To begin with I created a kraft card blank, 21 x 15cm. I then used the Torn Notebook On The Edge die to create a decorative edge along the opening. Apply a small amount of Picket Fence Distress Paint around the edge.

Cut a piece of Resist Paper to size and ink with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Rip and tear the edges before matting it onto a piece of black card, followed by white card. Wrap a piece of Crinkle Ribbon, dyed with Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain around the centre of the card and secure at the back. Mount the layers of card onto the front of your card blank.
Next, I took a piece of watercolour card and cut it to size, approx 16 x 12cm. I then stamped the outer two birds directly onto my card using Archival Ink. To create the little group of birdies, I used the masking technique and for this, I used two Post-It notes and stamped the same two birds that I'd previously stamped onto the notes. Cut out each of the Post It note bird and then layer them over the top of the images stamped onto your watercolour card. Now take your third bird stamp and ink up with Archival Ink and stamp this bird into the middle of the group. Remove the masks but keep them for later, and you will now see that the middle bird is in the centre of the group but behind the other two, giving perspective to the image. At this point I stamped this image onto a third postage note and then cut this bird out.

I watercolored the image using Distress Marker Pens, blending the colours with a water brush to give shading and definition to the image. When all your artwork is completely dry, place all three masks over the top of the stamped images and then place the Rays Layering Stencil over the top of the watercolour card. Using a combination of Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink, blend the inks through the stencil to create a background. Remove the stencil and then ink the edges of the card with Pumice Stone Distress Ink before drawing a line around the edge with a black Fude Ball. 
To complete the image, I needed something to make this bird stand out and for that, I used the hat from the Simon Says Stamp Make A Splash stamp and die set and simply stamped the hat onto a further piece of watercolour card, coloured it in with Distress Marker Pens and die cut the image before popping it into pride of place!
Matt the stamped image onto your covered card blank.

For the wording, I used the Hero Arts Alphabet stamps to stamp out each individual letter onto white card, to create the message. I then cut the wording up into separate words, inked around the edges of each piece and attached them to my card.
Cut and dye a further piece of crinkle ribbon using Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain and tie the ribbon into a scruffy bow. Attach the bow on the right hand side of the card.

Apply some Picket Fence Distress Paint to the back of a Monocle and before the paint has completely dried and using a dry cloth, buff away a small amount of the paint. Add a Remnant Rub to the front and then attach with a pin to your bow. Finally add a Sprocket Gear to the centre of the bow.
And that completes my Crazy Birds card.
I really hope you've enjoyed how this tutorial and that you love this card as much as I loved making it. Those birds never fail to make me giggle whenever I see them!

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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Bird Crazy
Simon Says Stamp Stamps: Make A Splash
Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Distress Stain: Cracked Pistachio
Layering Stencil: Rays

Monday, 6 April 2015

A is for... ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you've all had a wonderful Easter weekend, so far and thank you to everyone who visited my blog and the Simon Says Stamp blog yesterday to view my Easter Bunny tutorial (if you missed it you can see it HERE) ~ I really do appreciate all your kind words and the lovely comments you've left me!

Well, it's been a busy weekend here on my blog and there's no let up today because it's Monday and that means that we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week is all about ~ "A is for..."

So how will you be inspired by the letter A? Apples, amethyst, April flowers and art come to mind right away or will you use American Crafts products or Avery Elle? Perhaps you have an art stamp! Whatever you choose, we can't wait to see what you'll create!!

For my project, I had to choose my favourite subject at school and one of my greatest loves in my life ~ ART and I created a canvas using one of my favourite Tim Holtz quote stamps, together with my all time favourite (and much used) colour palette including the gorgeous Cracked Pistachio!!
So to begin, I prepped the base of my 7" x 5" canvas by adding a coat of PaperArtsy Chalk paint over the surface. I love this colour of paint because it's a beautiful soft white and creates a really gorgeous background colour without being too bright white!

Dry this layer of paint before blending some colours of Distress Paint over random areas of the canvas and around the edges, I used a light wash of Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Frayed Burlap but made sure that when the paint is applied you leave the majority of the white background still showing. Dry the canvas surface and then flick Barn Door and Black Soot Distress Paint over the entire canvas. I also added drips of Barn Door down the sides.
When the paint is dry, apply Texture Paste through the Faded Dots Layering Stencil, moving the stencil around the canvas. Attach small torn pieces of Tissue Tape as the finishing touch and set aside.
Moving onto the next stage, begin by stamping the quote with Jet Black Archival Ink onto the smooth side of watercolour card. I used Distress Markers to colour the quote. Cut the card down to size and then die cut the top edge using the Torn Notebook On The Edge die from Tim Holtz. At this stage I also added a line of small holes to give the look of perforation.
Matt the artwork onto a piece of torn corrugated card ~ I gave the corrugated card a light wash of Picket Fence Distress Paint and mount the layers onto the canvas.
Add a hinge clip and some Sprocket Gears to the canvas.
Finally, I took two old pencils from my desk and painted the pencils with a coat of Gesso before apply a combination of Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough and Picket Fence each of them.
I wrapped a piece of Tissue Tape around the middle of the pencils to hold them together and then tied some twine around them before attaching them to my canvas.
All that I need to do now is display the canvas proudly in my craft room and take not of that wonderful quote when sketching! Something that is really hard to do when you're a perfectionist, lol!
 I really hope you've enjoyed how this tutorial and love my canvas. 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Life Art
Layering Stencil: Faded Dots
Embellishments: Hemp Twine
Surfaces: Watercolour Card, Corrugated Card, Canvas
Pencils


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter Bunny Burlap Panel

Hello everyone and Happy Easter to you all!

Today, I'm really excited to be sharing a tutorial over on the Simon Says Stamp blog, featuring fun techniques and using lots of wonderful products from Ranger and Tim Holtz to create an Easter Bunny Burlap Panel.
Here's just a little sneak peek of what I've made and I hope you'll pop over to the blog take a look at this pretty seasonal project in full.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope the Easter Bunny has filled your baskets full of treats and goodies!

See you tomorrow with another Simon Says Stamp post!
Love Emma x

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter Bunny Hop....

Hi again everyone...

I just wanted to pop by to wish you all a very Happy Easter and to share a couple of last minute Easter projects that I've made! To be honest, Easter has crept up on me at a lightning speed and I wasn't really prepared for it ~ I'm only just getting over Christmas which seems like yesterday but with a day to spare, I sat down to make a quick Easter card and a couple of gifts and I really hope you love them...
For the card, I stamped one of the mini Easter blueprints from Tim Holtz onto watercolour card and painted it using Distress Markers. I then popped it inside a mini cabinet card....
...added a crinkle bow, some paper flowers, moss, fibres and a hand dyed ribbon and I think this makes the perfect little Easter card!
I've also been making a little handmade present for my Mum who doesn't eat chocolate and also has an allergy to pollen! So believe me, Easter can be a bit of a tricky time to find the right gift for her but as soon as I saw Tim Holtz's wonderful alcohol eggs, (you can see Tim's original post, HERE) I thought I might as well head off to the local supermarket to see what I could find and lo and behold, I found just what I needed to create this little Easter Bunny Hop centrepiece!
I made three alcohol inked eggs and tied ribbons and twine around the centre of each and then popped them into the centre of some willow nests. I then surrounded them with shredded tissue, handmade paper flowers, dried flowers from the florist and some cute little bunnies. All that was needed then was to add a decorative pin with a message and voila...it's all ready to wrap in cellophane and give to my Mum tomorrow!
I also made a second smaller version for my Dad, just because I thought they looked so good together and so he doesn't feel left out. So, he'll be receiving this with his usual chocolate Easter Egg!!!
Thanks so much for popping by today and hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!
See you tomorrow with another post...love Emma xxx

Spring Is In The Air at Craftwork Cards

Hey everyone!

Today, it's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog and below is a little sneaky peek of just one of the projects I've posted using the Fab Fabrics paper collection!
Hope you'll pop over to take a look at all my projects and as always, thank you so much for stopping by today!
See you tomorrow with an Easter Surprise!
Love Emma xx

Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter Surprise ~ Pastels Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and yes, can you believe that another week has flown by and here we are at Monday again!?! But the great thing about Monday's is that it means the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week it's all about PASTELS!

From soft shabby chic colours to white washing with gesso, or maybe you might be inspired by Easter to even using actual pastels ~ whatever you choose, we challenge you to be inspired by the softer side of the colour wheel!

My project for this week was inspired by Easter and of course, no Easter table would be complete without a handmade decoration to adorn each place setting!! So, I created a small matchbox style box which I filled with Easter Eggs ready for the celebrations.
To begin with, I made my 12 x 8cm matchbox from kraft card. To be honest, any shape or style of box will be perfect for this project and if you don't want to spend time making your own matchbox, then why not use an empty, discarded matchbox or there are various dies on the market which create similar style boxes, including the Tim Holtz Matchbox Die.

For the next stage, I cut pieces of Manila card that would fit the top and sides of my box and covered the card with a layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint. By adding a layer of white paint to the surface of the Manila card, it allows the true blue colour of the next layer to shine. Once the paint is completely dry apply a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint, mixed with a little Picket Fence to give a perfect pastel blue colour. Heat dry the paint.

Place the Lace Layering Stencil over the top of the pieces of card and using a palette knife, apply Texture Paste through the stencil. Set aside to dry before inking the edges of the card with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and then attaching each piece to your box.
Attach two ring fasteners to either side of the draw section and then line the inside of the drawer with white card.

To create the roses, I used the Jumbo Tattered Pinecone die to die cut two pieces of white card. I then coloured the card with Scattered Straw Distress Ink before adding a blush of Spun Sugar to the edges to create the look of a perfect rose. Make up the pinecone, (instructions are included in the die) and then shape the petals.
For the leaves, I applied some Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint Distress Stain to my craft sheet, before swiping a piece of card through the ink to colour it. 
I then used Tim's Leaf Stamps from the Daydream stamp set and inked them with Wendy Vecchi's Leaf Green Archival Ink and stamped the leaves directly onto the coloured card. 
I cut out each individual leaf before inking the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I then arranged and attached my leaves and roses to the top of the box, added some wire coils and some fibres.
For the final touch, I used one of the gorgeous Trophy Cups that I altered with Alcohol Ink before adding a Vial label to the front, complete with Remnant Rub. I added some dried moss into the top of the cup, die cut a piece of inked card using one of the dies from the Labels set and then stamped out the message using the Hero Arts Printer's Alphabet stamps. 
Attach the message to the cup with a memo pin, adding a small piece of Linen Ribbon and then attach to the top of your box.
I wanted to add some little legs to my box and searched everywhere to find some and in the end, I decided to use the small cork stoppers that come in the tops of the Corked Vials. I had some that I had taken out and hadn't used and these were ideal ~ you can just see them in the photo!
 
Finally, add a small crystal and all that's left to do is fill the box with yummy chocolate eggs....
...which completes my little Easter Egg box!
I really hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Daydream
Distress Stain: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint
Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass, Picket Fence
Alcohol Ink: Gold Mixative, Pitch Black
Dried moss and fibres from a local florist

Monday, 23 March 2015

1 Stamp, Many Ways ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hey everyone!

Hope you've all had a good weekend!
Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, we challenge you to use 1 stamp, many ways!

So if you have a stamp that is versatile and can be used in many ways, we want you to use it on the same project or maybe, you could use the same stamp in different colours on multiple projects! Whatever you decide, we can't wait for you to join us for our fun challenge.

For my project, I chose ONE flower stamp from Tim Holtz's new Flower Garden stamp set and used that individual stamp in three ways to create my card. Hope you enjoy the process of how I made it...

Technique number 1, the background: I began by stamping the flower repeatedly onto cream card using Jet Black Archival Ink.
I then watercolored the images with Abandoned Coral Distress Stain which I applied to my craft sheet and painted each flower using a water colour brush, building up the colour gradually to create shading.
When I was happy with my background, I inked around the edge with Old Paper Distress Ink and then mounted the card onto black card stock and attached it to the front of my 18 x 20cm white card blank.
Technique number 2 and creating a resist technique: Once again, I stamped the flower onto white card but this time using a Versamark Stamp Pad. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over the stamped images and used a heat gun to melt the powder until molten.
When the powder has set, I then applied a small amount of Abandoned Coral Distress Stain to my craft sheet, misted the stain with water and then swiped the card through the ink picking up the colour. Gently dab away any stain on the embossed areas and then very gently, heat dry the card.
I machine stitched around the edge of the card using gold metallic thread and then, mounted the card onto a further piece of black card stock. Cut a strip of crinkle ribbon and dye the ribbon with, yep you guessed it ~ more Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and heat dry. Cut a small strip and wrap it around the left hand side of the matted layers of card, securing it into place with a Tiny Attacher. Mount the card onto the front of your covered card blank, using foam pads for dimension.
 
Technique Number 3 ~ Decoupaging and layering a stamped flower: For this, I used the same flower stamp and stamped the image onto watercolour card, three times. Cut out each of the stamped images but each time, cut away some of the image to create a layered effect.
I coloured the image exactly the same way as I coloured the background using more Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and when each of the pieces were completely dry, I layered the image to create this beautiful dimensional flower.
Attach the flower to the front of your card and tie the remaining ribbon into a scruffy bow, attaching it just below the flower. Add a small crystal to the centre of the bow.
Finally, I stamped the Beauty In Simplicity sentiment onto a piece of cream card and coloured the wording with an Abandoned Coral Distress Marker.
I inked around the edges and then attached it to the front of my card....
...completing my Flower Garden card.

I really hope you've enjoyed how I created my card and how I used just one stamp, three different ways. 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 soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Tim Holtz Stamps: Flower Garden, Beauty In Simplicity
Distress Stain: Abandoned Coral
Distress Marker Pens: Abandoned Coral
Idea-Ology ~ Crinkle Ribbon
18 x 20cm White Card Blank

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