Saturday, 7 March 2015

Blossom Like A Butterfly...

Hello everyone!

It's my turn to share over on the Craftwork Cards blog today and if you click HERE, then you will be whisked over to the blog to see all the cards I made for the recent Create and Craft shows, including this one... *points down*!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by today!
See you soon ~ love Emma x

Monday, 2 March 2015

A Hint Of Clover ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone...

...and hello to a brand new week and a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.

This week, whether it's spring in the air or just the leprechauns making their appearance for St Patrick's Day, we're feeling a lot of love for clover, shamrocks and green in general. Will the luck of the Irish be with you? Do you want to craft with just a hint of bold clover green? perhaps feature your favourite green ink pad or marker ~ we can't wait to see what you dream up this week!

I decided to make a card this week and for those of you who know me and my work, you will know that I love dimension on my cards and projects, so...with this in mind, I chose to create a card that had a dimensional focal point ~ a four leaf clover which I hope will bring me some good fortune if I wish hard enough!!

To begin with, I created a card blank from kraft card to measure 20 x 18cm in size. I then cut a piece of the Wallflower Stash paper, which I distressed and tore around the edges and mounted it onto a matt of black card before matting the layers onto my card blank.

The next stage was to create my clover and for this, I applied some Mowed Lawn (which is the perfect colour for clover) and Peeled Paint Distress Stains onto my craft sheet, spritzed the ink with water and then swiped a piece of white card through the stains to pick up the colour. If you feel you need more colour, just go back for more until you're 100% happy! Dry the card and then using the smaller heart die from the Mini Movers and Shapers, die cut 12 hearts from the inked card.

To create one dimensional leaf, use three of the die cut hearts, score a vertical line and fold each heart down the centre. Take the first heart and apply a small amount of glue on the back of the right hand side of the folded heart and attach it to the left hand side of the second folded heart. Apply some more glue on the attached second folded heart and attach the left hand side of the third heart. Open out the folds and you should now have one complete dimensional leaf. Repeat with the remaining hearts until you have four leaves. Ink the edges of the leaves with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and set aside to work on the background.
Next, I cut a piece of Manila card and swiped it through a combination of Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Old Paper, Picket Fence and a touch of Peeled Paint Distress Stains that I applied to a craft sheet. The stains give a fabulous marbled effect to the card.

Once the card is dry, I added some splashes of Gesso and then spritzed the background using the Distress Marker Spritzing Tool and a Pumice Stone Distress Marker Pen.

To complete the background, I inked up the Tim Holtz Handwriting stamp with Watering Can Archival Ink and randomly stamped over areas of the card before adding some lines using a ruler, which I dipped into the ink pad and then sewing around the edge of the card with black thread.
Die cut a piece of decorative paper from a Tim Holtz paper stash using the Honeycomb Frameworks die and ink the edges of the paper. Attach across the bottom section of the inked card, together with a piece of Crinkle Ribbon, dyed with Scattered Straw Distress Stains.
Mount the card onto the centre of your covered card blank and then start to add all your elements. I tied some more of the crinkle ribbon into a scruffy bow and attached this to my card, adding a Wire Pin, Wish Bone and an Enameled Tag, which I added a Remnant Rub to.
I cut a stem from green card and attached this to pop out from my bow before adding the four dimensional clover leaves and a the lucky 13 number from the Ephemera pack. At this stage, I also added a pointy finger from the pack.
To complete the card, I used the Alpha Parts and applied Treasure Gold Gilding Wax over the top for a beautiful shimmer.
I hope you've enjoyed the process of how I put this card together and that it's inspired you and maybe you too can create your own piece of lucky four leaf clover.
Don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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: Handwriting Stamp
Mediums: Gesso,  Treasure Gold Wax

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Wish Upon A Star ~(Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015)

Hey everyone!

Hope you've had a great week, so far! It's just a flying visit from me for today but I just wanted to pop by to share my interpretation of Tim Holtz's fabulous tag for February ~ you can see Tim's tag HERE! Because I've only just made this month's tag by the skin of my teeth and because I'd missed Valentine's Day completely, I thought I would make my tag all about "wishing on a star" and replaced some of the "love" elements with things relating to my star theme!

As you can see, I followed Tim's process to create the background but instead of using Ephemera, I used old scraps of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash ~ it was too good to waste and a technique such as this, is the perfect opportunity to use them up.

I also added a scruffy bow to my tag and a pen nib to complete the embellishing! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and as always, I really appreciate all the comments you've been leaving me!
See you soon and have a good day!
Love Emma xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Just A Note... Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hi everyone!

Today, is the start of a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and this week we have, NO RULES!! That's right, we want you to just craft and show us what you've been creating.

For my project, I decided to make something that I would find useful ~ a memo holder! No matter how many notebooks I buy, when I'm on the telephone or at my desk, I can never find them just when I need to write down that all important note or number and I usually end up running around the house looking for them! So with this in mind, I looked at memo blocks in my local high street and to be honest, they just didn't appeal ~ too floral, too pretty, too boring and so I decided to make my own and this is what I created! As always, I hope you love what I've made...
 ...and here's how I made it!

To begin with I used the Sizzix Cabinet die from Tim Holtz to die cut two shapes from chipboard. I also cut three strips of chipboard, two measuring 9 x 2cm and a further strip measuring 8.5 x 2cm. Paint all the chipboard with a coat of Gesso and at this stage, I also painted one side of each piece of chipboard, (the painted side will become the inside of the box), with Evergreen Bough, Picket Fence and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Once all the painted panels are dry, I attached the smaller of the chipboard strips across the bottom of one of the Cabinet die shapes, (painted side innermost) and secured it into place using Glossy Accents. Attach the longer strips along the sides to form the inside walls of the box. Finally, place the second Cabinet Die shape over the top and this will create your basic box shape.
Next, I used the Cabinet Die to die cut two pieces of Manila card which I embossed with the Riveted Metal Texture Fade. Attach the card to the back and front of the box and then using the same colours of Distress Paint as I used on the inside, I painted the outside of the box to give a verdigris look to the surface.

Once the paint was dry, I applied small amounts of Treasure Gold over the surface to highlight the raised embossed areas and also to the sides and edges. I also inked the surface and the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
To complete my box, I added some small cotton spools as little legs and painted these with the Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. At this stage so that it makes the box harder wearing, I gave it a coat of Multi Medium.
Now for the fun part, to decorate the outside and for this, I added some Industrious Borders down each side of the memo holder and added a touch of Treasure Gold wax over the surface before burnishing it with a soft cloth.
Add some Picket Fence Distress Paint to an Ornate Plate and whilst the paint is slightly tacky, buff away some of the paint to reveal the majority of the metal again but leaving a chalky look to the plate.
I stamped the hashtag wording onto a piece of inked card and placed the card behind the aperture of the plate before attaching it to the front of my box using brads.
To create the flowers, I used the smallest of the Tattered Florals shapes on the die to die cut three pieces of card for each flower. I spritzed each of the petal shapes with Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stains and whilst slightly damp, I scrunched each of the petals into a ball and then heat dried them. Open out the petals and spritz lightly with Perfect Pearls mist, before giving them another blast of heat to dry them. I layered each petal over the top of the previous one, slightly offsetting each layer and then I attached a small stamen into the centre of each flower and secured it at the back with hot glue.
I attached the flowers to the front of my memo holder using hot glue, added some die cut Garden Greens and arranged all of them around the Ornate Plate, together with coils of rusty wire.

Finally I added small metal rivets onto the box.
And that completes my memo block, ready to fill with a pen and paper and to place by the phone so that I no longer need to run around the house looking for that elusive scrap!
Don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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: Hashtags
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Dies: Cabinet Die, Garden Greens
Distress Spray Stains: Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Idea-Ology ~ Ornate Plates
Embellishments: Metal Studs
Surfaces: Manila card
Rusty wire, stamens, chipboard and cotton spools from my own stash

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Flying High...

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 
― George Carlin

Hello everyone...

Hope you've all had a wonderful week and I can't believe that it's Thursday already!! I've been busy creating lots of new projects here at Chez Williams' and to be honest, time has literally flown!

But today, I just wanted to pop by and share a project that I made for the recent Craftwork Cards shows on Create and Craft.

I was given the gorgeous More Than Words kit to work with, which is available to buy HERE and if you watch the shows, you will have seen that I made quite a few cards which I will be sharing with you all very soon but one thing that I don't think was shown in detail was this little upcycling project! So, I thought I would drop by to share it today, so that you can see it in all it's glory and hope you love it as much as I loved making it!
The first thing that I'll tell you about this project its that it started life as a kitchen roll. Yep, the bobbin is completely handmade and even the wooden effect top and bottom of this bobbin is some old chipboard packaging which I painted with Distress Paints to create the look of wood!

The butterflies which are from the kit, are layered and attached to wire.
For the base, I used an old DVD and covered it with paper. I then added some seam binding, Candi and die cut leaves as extras BUT everything else you see is provided in the kit.
 This is a side view of the display.

When I receive kits such as these, I always like to create cards and projects that showcase all the product to it's best advantage and even though this project is taking the kit to the next level, it is also the perfect kit for beginners. So, whatever your level of crafting is and if you haven't bought it yet...then, this is a must!!!

Before I leave you, I just wanted to let you know that the March issue of Making Cards Magazine is now available and is packed full of wonderful, detailed card projects from all the talented contributors and, also includes a couple of card projects from yours truly...
...and if that wasn't enough, it also includes 32 FREE craft papers with this edition!!
That's if from me for today and thank you so much for popping by!
See you soon ~ love Emma xx

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Piece Of Paradise ~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and you're now feeling refreshed for the week ahead! Of course, a brand new week means that we have a new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week is all about ~ A Piece Of Paradise!

Are you dreaming of sandy beaches and the sound of ocean waves, of sitting down to read a whole book and of quiet relaxation? Whether you're inspired by a tropical shore, exotic travels or simply want to play around with new technique and be in crafter's paradise ~ this week, we invite you to share your creations and be inspired from a blissful place. Your personal happy place and paradise awaits and so do we ~ as we can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, my mind is racing ahead to the summer and those balmy days of sunshine, sand and maybe a little romance and with this in mind, I created a box canvas packed full of ephemera and trinkets together with Tim Holtz die cuts and that gorgeous Found Relative image...
To begin with, I painted the 8' x 8" box canvas with a blend of Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Picket Fence Distress Ink to give me the perfect colour of the ocean. I then added some texture to my background using Texture Paste around the edges, and applying more paste using the Texture Tools to the front of my canvas. 
At this stage I also added some splatters of Gesso, Antiqued Bronze Distress Spray Stain and applied some Glass Glitter adhering it with Texture Gel.

Also, not forgetting the edges of the box, I applied Wendy Vecchi's gold Embossing Paste through a PaperArtsy stencil to give the bubble effect which runs right around the canvas.
Whilst the canvas is drying, I started work on the bits and pieces to add to the front, starting with the seahorse and starfish, which are die cut from Grungeboard, using the Sand and Sea die from Tim Holtz. I then applied blends of Distress Paint over the top before adding a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and allowing that to dry and work it's magic! Once the crackle is dry, I added some Distress Stains in a slightly darker shade to the paints and let that seep into the crackles to highlight them.

The die cuts are then attached to the background, layering them over the top of various pieces of ephemera and a Found Relative photo, with added Remnant Rubs. At this stage I also added a ticket behind the photo, adding a Remnant Rub and a Hinge Clip.
I now just wanted to create a real feel of a cluster of vintage elements and for this, I just added layer upon layer of rusty wire, Sprocket Gears, a Faucet Knob and some real sea shells, one of which I popped a pearl into!
I also added a piece of driftwood, a Word Band and then, tucked in some pieces of real moss, netting and linen ribbon.

Finally, it needed one more thing and the perfect addition was the Prima Typo Bulb which I popped in the top right hand corner.
...and that completes my Piece of Paradise project and as always, I hope you've loved what I've created and that it's inspired you ahead of our challenge!
Of course, don't forget that if you're looking for some more great ideas and inspiration for this challenge, then you need to look no further than the 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: Sand And Sea Bigz Die
Distress Spray Stains: Antiqued Bronze
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany
Cheesecloth, box canvas, rusty wire, sea shells and moss from my own stash


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