Monday, 18 August 2014

Discover Beauty ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Anything Goes)

Hello everyone...

Another busy week has flown by and another weekend is over but that means it's the start of a new week, new adventures and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, and this week ~ ANYTHING GOES!!

Yes, you can create anything you want and we can't wait to see what you make!

For my project, I created a little mini album inspired by my love of my garden. I absolutely adore making these little albums as keepsakes and as soon as I saw the new Layered Bee from Tim Holtz, I just knew that it would be perfect for this project and for once, it turned out exactly how I envisaged it in my head!!
So, here's how I made it...

To begin with, I took a couple of chipboard covers from We R Memory Keepers and covered both of these with some gorgeous burlap paper from DCWV. I gave the front cover a coat of Gesso and dried it with a heat tool before layering a piece of Tissue Wrap over the top, attaching it with Multi Medium. Once this layer was dry, I added a wash of Distress Paints and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I loved how the edges frayed a little to give that really shabby look to the cover. To complete the basic cover, I then added some Idea-Ology Mini Corners to the front cover.

Now it's time to decorate and for this, I started by using the Honeycomb Framework die and die cut a piece of Grungeboard. I painted the Grungeboard with Distress Paints to give the look of verdigris and then threaded a piece of hand dyed crinkle ribbon through and attached it to my cover, using the mini attacher. I added a bow and then then hung a monocle from a wire pin, which you will see that I added a little Remnant Rub too, then attached the monocle to the centre of the bow and added some decorative pins.
The next step was to create the bee, which is die cut from Grungeboard, then embossed with the Texture Fade. 
I used Distress Paints to colour the bee and then used Black Soot Distress Ink to highlight the embossed areas of the die cut.
I then added the bee to my album cover, slightly shaped the wings to give dimension.
The final touch for the cover was to add some Alpha Parts, Remnant Rubs and a Idea-Ology word band, which I added some colour to using Antique Bronze Distress Paint and attached using Prima Mini Brads.
For the inside, I used some of the papers from the Wallflower Paper Stash and distressed them around the edge using a sanding tool. 
To complete the album, I used DCWV woven paper cardstock to create my pages, kraft tags for me to journal on and added a Stencil Mark Clip to bookmark my pages. I then punched holes into the covers and added eyelets before holding the album together with book rings, aged with Antique Bronze Distress Paint.
So now, all I need to do is fill the album with my precious garden photos and I'm going to have such a wonderful time choosing which ones to feature.
I really hope you've enjoyed this week's tutorial and I've inspired you with my mini album. 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain and Black Soot
Distress Stain ~ Shabby Shutters, Tumbled GlassAntique Linen used to hand dye the ribbon
Ranger Size 8 Manila Tags



Friday, 15 August 2014

My Second Guest Designer Post for Sam Poole ~ Robin Redbreast

Hello everyone...

If you popped by last Friday, you would've seen my first post as a guest designer for my very lovely and extremely talented friend, Sam Poole and I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who commented either here or over on Sam's blog! I had so much fun creating these cards for Sam and today, I am sharing the second of my projects, again using her gorgeous Woodland Christmas stamps and below is a sneaky peek of what you'll find if you head on over to Sam's blog by clicking, HERE!
So, I really hope you'll love what I've created and I can't wait to read your comments!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Bye for now...love Emma xxx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nature's Beauty Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm thrilled to be sharing my first post as a member of the Tim Holtz Media Team and for this post, I used many of Tim's dies to create a home decor piece, to showcase the stunning Layered Dragonfly die.

I love finding ways of taking dies to a whole different level and I also love creating pieces from scratch ~ so, with this in mind, I thought it would be wonderful to create a project that used dies in various ways to create texture and dimension!

To begin with I cut out my basic shapes from chipboard, using the Vintage Cabinet Card Die (3 pieces) and the Mini Cabinet Card Die (4 pieces) to create the aperture frames.
Stick all the die cut frames together to create one solid aperture and coat with a layer of Gesso. Paint the frame with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints to give the appearance and texture of wood.
Die cut a piece of Manila card using the Cabinet Card Die and then, apply Distress Stain to your craft sheet, mist the card and the stains with a little water and swipe the card through the stains to pick up the colour. Heat dry the inked card and then, so not to waste any ink, pick up the remaining droplets of ink from the sheet.
Once the card is dry, attach a layer of Tissue Wrap over the top with Multi Medium.
Attach the covered card to a piece of the die cut chipboard and layer the aperture frame over the top to give you the centrepiece for your project.

Paint a layer of Gesso over the top of the Tissue Wrap and then add random flicks of Black Soot and Tumbled Glass paint. Apply a layer of Texture Paste through the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and set aside to dry.
Die cut two pieces of Garden Greens Foliage from Grungepaper and attach the foliage to the two remaining Cabinet Card die cuts using Multi Medium. These pieces will become the side panels to your project. 
Cover the whole die cut with a coat of Gesso. Once completely dry, paint the side panel pieces with the same colours of paint as you used previously on the frame.
Create a base for the project by using three pieces of chipboard, 5" x 1.5" and layer the pieces together to form a thick board. Apply a coat of Gesso to the board before painting it. Attach all the pieces, as shown in the photo below, to form a three panelled display piece. You will notice that I did have a Framework die cut in the photo above and I used this across the back of the piece to give it strength and decoration. At this point, I would give the whole piece a layer of Multi Medium as a sealant and to make it harder wearing.
Now to create that beautiful embossed dragonfly! For this, I used the Layered Dragonfly die and die cut a piece of Grungeboard and a piece of Grungepaper (not shown). I embossed both pieces using the Texture Fade.
Add colour to the body and wings using Distress Paints.
Then, gently heat dry and add a medium layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint over the top. Leave to dry completely.
Apply Distress Stain over the top of the crackles....
...and allow the stain to settle into all the cracks that have appeared. 
Once the stains are dry, clip the wings of the second Dragonfly, which was die cut from Grungepaper and attach them to the main body of the Grungeboard Dragonfly to give double wings. 
Add the dragonfly to the central panel of your display project, layering it over the top of some cheesecloth stained with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I then added an Idea-Ology Light Bulb to the centre of the body.
Die cut a piece of chipboard using the Pediment die and paint in the same colours as your project. Once dry, attach the Pediment to the top of the central framed section. I then used Distress Paints to give a verdigris effect to one of the gorgeous metal embellishments from the Adornments Nature set and attached it with Multi Medium.
As the final touch I used cotton spools, painted with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint and attached two of them to the centre of my project. I then placed a Collections Label Clip onto the shelf.

I really love how you can create so much texture using dies in different ways and hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, just as much as I have loved creating it!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful day and I'll see you again very soon!
Emma xx


Supply List:

Sizzix Alterations Dies: Layered Dragonfly, Cabinet Card Die, Mini Cabinet Card Die, Pediments, Garden Greens.

Paint: Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Picket Fence, Moved Lawn, Antique Bronze, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot; Rock Candy Crackle Paint; Gesso

Embellishments: Idea-Ology Label Clip, Ring Fasteners, Light Bulbs, Adornments Nature.

Ink and Stains: Walnut Stain Distress Ink; Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, Picket Fence and Pumice Stone Distress Ink

Medium: Ranger Multi Medium; Ranger Texture Paste

Layering Stencil: Dot Fade

Surfaces: Grungeboard, Grungepaper, Melange Tissue Wrap

Added supplies from my own stash: Chipboard, Cotton Spools, Cheesecloth

Monday, 11 August 2014

All Scratched Up ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you've had a great weekend! Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is called ~ All Scratched Up! From rubbing with tell wool to sandpaper, giving an aged look with a brown ink pad to crumpling and then flattening back out some paper, or even using a scratched up looking stamp ~ this week we challenge you to embrace imperfection and get grungy.

For my piece, I created a tag and added some metal flowers which are...all scratched up!! This is such a fun technique and makes a really bold statement to any project.
To begin with, I needed to make those flowers and for this, I covered Grungepaper with some Metal Foil Tape. I then used Tim's Tattered Florals Die to die cut the petal layers for three separate flowers. Each piece was then die cut using the Blueprint and Gears Texture Fade. I then needed to add colour and for this, I used alcohol inks and applied them with a blender tool to the surface of the flowers. Once the I was happy with the coverage, I then took my sander to each petal and gently sanded back the raised areas. I then shaped each of the distressed metal flowers and layered them to create my dimensional blooms before adding a gem from my stash in the centre of each.
Setting the flowers aside, I then started working on the tag and for this, I added some Distress Stains to my craft sheet before misting them with water and swiping the tag through the inks to pick up the colour. Any remaining stain that is left on the sheet, I always pick up with scrap card and it always comes in useful for future projects.

After heat drying the tag, I distressed the edges, inked them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then matted the tag onto a piece of Kraft card for added strength as those flowers are quite weighty! To create the stand for my tag, I die cut chipboard using the Frameworks Honeycomb die, painted it with Distress Paints and then attached it to the bottom edge of my tag.
To create the elements for the tag, once again, I used chipboard, but this time I covered it with some of the paper from the Wallflower Paper stash and then inked up one of Tim's ShadowPress folders with black Archival Ink before running it through the Big Shot to create the word "Wonderful".
I lightly sanded the edges of the word plaque and added this down the side of my tag, together with some of the small die cut hexagons from that pop out from the Frameworks Honeycomb die.
Finally, I used a hot glue gun to attach my flowers in place, adding some cheesecloth, twine and rusty wire to the arrangement.
To complete the tag, I applied Distress Stains to some Crinkle Ribbon and tied a bow in the top of the tag, attaching a Muse Token with a Wire Pin as the final embellishment.

I hope you've enjoyed this week's tutorial and I've inspired you with what I've created this week. 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain
Distress Stain ~ Ripe Persimmon, Picked RaspberryAntique Linen for Ribbon
Archival Ink ~ Black
Ranger Size 8 Manila Tags



Friday, 8 August 2014

Dasher the Deer and I'm Guest Designing for Sam Poole

Hello to all my friends...new and old!!

Before I share today's exciting post, I just wanted to say a very big thank you for all your lovely messages that you have left me after Monday's announcement that I had joined the Tim Holtz Media Team. I wish I could say thank you to each and every one of you but I have been overwhelmed with the response here on my blog, Facebook and privately...but from the very bottom of my heart ~ thank you so very, very much!

So, back to today's post and I'm thrilled to share this post with you. A few weeks ago, my lovely friend, Sam Poole asked me if I would like to Guest Design for her and work with her gorgeous new Christmas stamps, which are all available to buy now, at her shop. Well, of course I said, yes and today is the first of my posts. Below is a little sneaky peek of what I've made but I hope you'll pop over to Sam's blog, HERE, to see the post in full.
I'm really looking forward to reading all your comments and hope you love what I've made with Sam's latest stamp release!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I'll see you very soon.
Love Emma xxx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Tim Holtz Media Team

Hello and welcome to my second post of today, which is a very, VERY special and exciting post!!

You know when you've been keeping a huge secret and you're bursting to tell someone and just can't? Well, for the last three weeks, this has been me...I have had my lips well and truly sealed!! But today, at long last, I am over the moon that I can finally share my latest news with you all ~ so, *drumroll*......

I'm so honoured and thrilled to share with all my friends and followers that I've been invited to join the Tim Holtz Media Team!!! 

As many of you know, Tim has always been a huge inspiration to me, and my work since I began crafting and I think you all know that I absolutely adore creating with all of his wonderful products. So, this is an absolute dream come true and I'm still pinching myself and sitting on cloud nine!! You can only imagine how many happy dances I've done since I first received that email...

So, together with a wonderful and extremely talented team of designers ~ I really hope you'll join me for this new and exciting creative adventure that I will be having because I can't wait to share and inspire!

See you all very soon and thank you to everyone for your support of my work, for reading this blog and for always making me smile with the comments you leave and a huge thank you to Tim, Mario and the Tim Holtz Media Team for inviting me to join this journey!
Love Emma xxx

In The Family ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and looking forward to the week ahead and of course, the start of a brand new week means that it's the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week it's called ~ IN THE FAMILY! So, what will you create and how will you interpret this challenge? The family of distress colours? Your ancestors? Friends you feel are closer than your biological family? The people you share your home with? There are a lot of answers to the question and how you answer our call to creativity is entirely up to you!

For my project, I created and embellished a frame using a photo of my Grandmother. I've always adored this photograph and for me, it encapsulates the era perfectly and I couldn't resist using it and hope I've made my Grandmother very proud with what this piece that I've created!
To begin with, I'd actually made this frame about 4 months ago but when it came to it, I hated it with the project I'd created it for and it never got used. Since then, it's been languishing under a pile of papers waiting for it's day to come and finally, it found it's purpose and I just knew it was the perfect for this project.

The actual frame is cut from chipboard and measures 10" x 8". The chipboard was then primed with a coat of Gesso and left it to dry before I added a layer of Wendy Vecchi's Gold Embossing Paste. Once the paste was completely dry, I then added a layer of the Crackled Paste over the top which I had dyed to this antique brown colour, with Potting Soil Re-inker. It's so wonderful to watch those crackles appear and once the paste had done it's job, I added a little more ink over the top, using a piece of Cut N' Dry and the Potting Soil Archival Ink Pad.
The next stage was to create the inside to the frame and for this, I cut another piece of chipboard, for the backing and a piece of Manilla card, both measuring 10" x 8". I added some Old Paper and Frayed Burlap Distress Stain to my craft mat, misted it with some water and then swiped the card through the inks, picking up all the colour from my mat, then dried it with a heat tool. Using the remainder of the stain on my sheet but adding some Vintage Photo, Antique Bronze and Brushed Corduroy to the mix, I then swiped through a size 8 and size 5 tag and picked up the stain on the sheet but this time, making it slightly darker and richer than the previous layer of card. Again, I heat dried the tags and then distressed the edges of each tag using a Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Distresser Tool and threaded some Linen Ribbon through the top.
Next, I took the piece of stained card and sandwiched it between the chipboard backing and frame, attaching it with a strong adhesive glue. 

Using the larger of the two tags, I stamped the Tim Holtz verse down the side of the tag and attached this tag, together with the smaller tag (with a Remnant Rub added), onto my background.
I then matted the vintage photo of my Grandmother onto a backing of cream card, adding the year down the side using Deco Industrious Stickers, and mounted the image over the top of the two tags, setting it slightly off centre and placing a Journaling Ticket behind.

To complete the frame, I added various sizes of handmade paper roses, which are inked with Distress Ink and die cut using the Tattered Florals die and placed these along the bottom with some stained Crinkle Ribbon and twisted pieces of Film Ribbon.
I attached an Ephemera ticket to a Memo Pin and placed that amongst the flowers before attaching other various pieces of Idea-Ology, Prima Junkyard Findings Clock Parts metal embellishments and a beautiful vintage button from my own stash.
As a finishing touch, I added a Pen Nib, inked on the tip with Black Soot Distress Paint and added to a BBQ skewer to give the effect of a real pen.
...and that completes my vintage framed family photograph! 
I hope you've enjoyed this week's tutorial and that this piece will inspire you to use your precious family photos in some of your projects ~ I'd love to see any that you create. 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, I really do appreciate them all and love reading all your comments!!
See you again soon...love Emma xx



Products used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Rubber Stamps ~ Tiny Words
Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet
Archival Ink ~ Black
Ranger Size 8 and Size 5 Manila Tags
Prima Junkyard Findings and Vintage Button from my own stash




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