Monday, 19 June 2017

Lost In Paradise...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our thoughts are turning to summer and our theme is called Let's Take A Vacation ~ as always, we would love you to join in and play along and we can't wait to see how you will interpret the challenge!

For my project, I thought of many different ways that I could interpret this challenge, there were planes, trains and automobiles or maybe a scrapbook layout of a previous holiday but the one thing that was really calling me and as a stationery lover and someone who can never have too many notebooks ~ I decided to create a travel journal, ready to fill with stories of adventures and wonderful memories. I loved the idea of old maps and wanted to incorporate these into my cover, so used one of the papers from the Memoranda Paper Stash to create rolls of maps that I layered underneath my 3D flowers and just loved how they look and the depth they created!


To begin with I primed the cover of my notebook with a coat of gesso and allowed the cover to dry thoroughly. Once dry, I started to layer my paints, starting with a blend of Antique Linen and Old Paper. I then dried the surface before adding the next layer of Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone, again blending the paints together using a semi dry baby wipe. I heat dried the surface before adding some depth to the paint using the same colours of Distress Crayons.

Once I was happy with the colour, I added some torn Tissue Tape to the central area of my book and then applied a small amount of gesso which I just scraped over the top of the paints and tape. I outlined the edges of the tape using the Black Soot Distress Crayon, blended it out with my finger to soften the harshness and then applied some Grit Paste through a combination of the Industrial, Speckles and Screwed Layering Stencil. 
Once the paste was dry, I dry brushed over the top with some Tumbled Glass Paint, allowed it to dry before using the Pumice Stone Crayon to lightly kissing the top of the paste, blending it out with my finger. To complete the background, I added some Black Soot Paint Splatters and used the Calligraphy stamp from the Etcetera set to randomly stamp onto areas of the background.

Finally I added some Black Soot Crayon around the outside edges and some Gold Rush paint scratches.

I can now set the book aside and move onto the map rolls and the flowers ~ for the paper rolls, I chose the 'map' paper from the Memoranda paper stash and cut 6 panels to measure approx 5 x 16cm.  I then misted the paper with water to break down the fibres before curling it around a pencil, securing the ends with a line of glue to hold it into place. Cut one of the rolls in half to create 7 rolls in total and then I actually wanted all different sizes, so I cut the rolls to give me the various heights. Tear both ends of each map roll to create a more vintage effect and then to complete the rolls I added a touch of Rich Copper Alchemy Wax around the edges.

I attached my rolls to the the cover of my book using Collage Medium to hold them in place and added a few Travel themed Snippet Ephemera pieces around them, again securing the ephemera with Collage Medium.
For the flowers, I wanted three flowers, with a double layer of the larger petals and three palm fronds and cut enough pieces from card to make these up. Taking the petals, I painted each petal with Wild Fuchsia Acrylic Paint from Prima. The reason I wanted to paint them was because I wanted them to be quite robust and the layer of paint will create this for me. Whilst the pink paint is slightly tacky to touch, I then added a small amount of Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint over the top, just to take some of the pink away and create a real slice of paradise! I allowed them to dry and then dry brushed the ends of the petals with Gold Rush Alchemy Paint. 
Layer the flowers to create dimensional blooms and then colouring the stamen with Black Soot Distress Paint, attach to the centre by adding a small, domed amount of Glossy Accents. Then sprinkle black micro beads over the top and allow to dry. Once each flower is dry, you can tap away the excess beads.
Colour the fronds with Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress Paints and then ink the edges with a little Potting Soil Archival Ink. I used a hot glue gun to attach the flowers and fronds over the top of some cut cheesecloth which I stained with Tumbled Glass and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stains.
For all the metal pieces that I used to embellish my project, I coloured them with a combination of Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Paints, to create a lovely rusty finish. I added a hitch fastener and hung the Plane Souvenir Adornment from it...
...and then clipped a hinge clip to the side of the book.
I then stuck all my Stars Adornments around the central section, adding some paint around them to create the appearance they have gone rusty on the paper.
Finally, I added a metallic word sticker, "Travel" and attached the Typography Findings and a singular star to spell out the word "Jour*al" using Collage Medium. 
I painted each of the letters in a combination of Light Patina and Blue Gold Paint and then added the 'rusty' elements over the top with the Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Paints.
I really hope you love the finished book cover and that you've been inspired by some of the ideas the I've used! Of course, all these ideas can be used individually on any given project, the flowers would look wonderful on a card and the maps would look great on a scrapbook layout...

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die: Tropical
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Etcetera
Heat Gun
Notebook and cheesecloth from my own stash

Monday, 12 June 2017

Reach For The Stars...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called, TOUCHY FEELY and we hope you will join us for this fun challenge and show us how you interpret the theme!

For my project, I created a panel which will be perfect for Father's Day and included so many elements of 'touchy feely', that I just wish you could all just reach into the screen and touch! As many of my friends will know, I do love creating my own backgrounds and textures but this week, I wanted to use and show different ways to create the texture and dimension without getting painty or inky and as the main "touchy feely" part of this project, I've included a metallic panel which is actually created using kitchen aluminium foil and then embossed. It really does give such a wonderful effect and makes a fabulous background for my panel. So, it's time for a new challenge and hope you enjoy the project I've created....

To begin with, we'll start with the metallic panel and for this, as I've already mentioned, I used aluminium foil. I cut a piece of regular card, 6" x 4" and then cut a piece of foil, slightly larger than the card and attached my foil to the card panel using collage medium. Ensure that the foil has no bubbles by rolling a brayer over the top. Allow the foil to dry completely, maybe batch make and allow to dry overnight and then, once it is dry, you can emboss it. I chose the Tiny Stars Texture Fade and embossed it though my Big Shot. For the gorgeous rusty colour, I then applied some Black Soot Distress Paint, allowed the paint to go slightly tacky and then wiped away the excess with a dry cloth.  Give it a blast of gentle heat (don't heat it too much as the foil will lift) to ensure the paint is dry and then add some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the top, again allowing it to almost dry before wiping away some of the wet paint. When the panel is thoroughly dry, sand over the top of the painted surface to reveal some of the silver underneath and then I used Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Crayons and just ran them over the surface before blending the colour out with my fingers. The crayon just gave that extra layer of rust and depth and accentuated the stars beautifully!
Matt the embossed panel onto a layer of paper from the Dapper Paper Stash, followed by a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack.
Now to create the larger background panel and for this, I cut a piece of the plaid background paper from the Dapper paper stash, 18 x 16 cm and machine stitched around the outside before scratching the surface very lightly to create a more worn, distressed feel to the paper. I then matted the paper panel onto a piece of thick chipboard for stability before cutting a further patterned paper from the stash, the stripes, again machine stitching the edges and mounting onto corrugated card which I attached across the centre of the background.

I took one of the Collector's Layers ephemera pieces and some snippets, attached them with collage medium to my embossed background and then, added a Paper Doll.

I have always loved this image of the dapper gentleman and gave him a light wash of colour using Distress Marker pens but there was one thing missing ~ no distinguished gentleman would have gone anywhere without his walking stick and for this, I used a BBQ skewer. I cut the skewer down to size and then coloured it with Walnut Stain and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint before attaching reuniting my gentleman with his walking stick.
I added a metal gadget gears coloured with Rust and Gold Mixative alcohol inks behind him and also added a snippet piece, crinkled for an aged look.
I distressed the "Original" quote chip using Vintage Collage Medium and then applied inked the edges before attaching it to the side of my panel....
...then added some finishing pieces of a broken ruler, a star adornment coloured with Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy paints and a mechanical knob.
As the finishing touch, I added a monocle, coloured with Prima Alchemy waxes and attached to a swivel clasp. I also added some Mushroom alcohol ink to the glass to give an antiqued feel.
I attached the swivel clasp to a hinge clip and clipped it to the side of my panel to hang freely.
Finally, I added some corners to the panel which I had in my stash.
I really hope you love this project and it's inspired you with some last minute Father's Day makes and you've enjoyed the techniques I've used and how I've created dimensions and texture using various papers and card, stitching, fabric and embellishments.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Distressing Tool
BBQ Skewer and metal corners from my own stash

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Every Piece Tells A Story...

Hello friends...

Thank you all so much for all the lovely comments you left me about my first Assemblage piece that I created using Tim Holtz's new jewellery line! Whether you left them here on my blog, or over on Facebook and Instagram...I read through them all and can't thank you enough!

So, in my last post I did tell you I was now addicted to making jewellery and I thought I'd drop by today and share another couple of pieces that I made using Tim's gorgeous new range. This first piece was just so simple to create and anyone who knows me, will know this is very much my style of jewellery and something I would totally wear.
I attached the stunning cameo which is one of my favourite pieces from the range to a carrier loop charm which I had in my stash and then used some black suede cord, which when worn, wraps around my neck a couple of times and then ties in a bow. 
To complete the necklace, I added some diamond charms to the ends of the cord.
Recipe for necklace:
Silver carrier loop and suede cord are my own

For my second piece ~ my charm bracelet, I used the bead chain and just added some of the Lucky charms, some of the Diamonds and Pearl charms and finished it with the beautiful Ornate Heart which hangs perfectly down the centre of my hand when I wear it!

Recipe for bracelet:

I hope you love these pieces and as always, thank you so much for stopping by and hope you all have a great weekend!
Stay safe my friends... xx

Thursday, 8 June 2017

All That Sparkles...

Hi everyone...

This week seems to be flying once again and I can't quite believe it's Thursday already but I hope you're all having a good week so far!

I was so very excited when Tim Holtz launched his brand new Assemblage range of jewellery back in April but nothing could prepare me for when these gorgeous sparkles finally arrived because I was blown away with the quality and the beauty of them all ~ they really are out of this world and I've been having so much fun playing and fact, I think I've found a new hobby!

So today I'm sharing my first piece, a very glamorous Y-shaped necklace which I created using a mix of the products and I really hope you like it...

I added an extender chain at the back with a sparkling rondell to complete it.
I also made a pair of matching earrings using some earring findings from my own stash, one small rosary bead on each and a sparkling rondell on each.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and see you again very Emma x

Recipe List:

Monday, 5 June 2017

On The Wings Of Love...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new week and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week the DT are showcasing Darkroom Door products with our MASCULINE challenge theme! So, whether you choose to create a card for Father's Day or just want to make a masculine project, we can't wait for you to play along and join us with this week's fun challenge...

For my project, I chose to create a really textured and dimensional burlap panel using the Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background stamp as my chosen product to showcase and combining this beautiful stamp with one of my favourite Tim Holtz dies, Industrial.
So, here we's time to tell you all how I created this project!

I began with the panel and wanted to create a patina effect around the edges and for this I used Grit Paste, mixed with a little Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink. I then applied the coloured paste to the edges of my panel. I then let the paste dry thoroughly before adding the next layer of colour, Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint ~ I only wanted a hint of this colour and used my fingertips to apply it over the top of the paste. Then, using a dry brush, I added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint over the top, blending the two colours together. Once I was happy I heat dried the panel and then very gently dry brushed some Steampunk Copper Alchemy Paint around the outside edges of the grit paste. Again dry the paint and to highlight the gritty texture in the paste, I used Rich Copper and Aged Brass Waxes, applying them very lightly with my fingers to just catch the rough texture.
I now moved onto the next stage, the background ~ I applied three colours of Distress Oxide ink pads to my craft sheet, spritzed them with water and then dipped a piece of Mixed Media Heavy stock card, (16 x 11.5cm in size) in and out of the inks, picking up the individual colours to create the right blend. Heat dry the card thoroughly and at this stage, if you do need more ink, just apply more of any chosen colour to your craft sheet, spritz again with the water and then pick it up.

Once the inked card is completely dry, I then inked up my Abstract Triangle Background stamp with Versamark Ink Pad and stamped the image over the top of the card, sprinkled gold embossing powder over the top, tapping away the excess and then heat embossed the powder until molten.
Ink the edges of the card with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, before distressing them with the Distressing Tool and machine stitching around the outside. Matt the card onto corrugated card from the Textured Surfaces pack, followed by a layer of gold metallic card, each time leaving a border around the outside.

I then wrapped some twine around the card layers, just wrapping it in a loose and random fashion and secure the ends at the back before mounting the card onto the front of your panel.

Now for the gears and for this I used chipboard to cut a selection of gears using the Industrial die. Lay them all out in front of you and paint them with a layer of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint. Dry the paint throughly and then apply Grit Paste over the top of each gear. It is a little time consuming but so worth it to get that real rusty effect.
When the paste is completely dry, I then started to add the colour ~ for the patina coloured cogs, I used the Cracked Pistachio and the Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints as before. For the rusty cogs, I chose to use Rusty Hinge, Black Soot and Vintage Photo. Apply the paint over the top of the paste and allow to dry between layers, adding more colour if necessary. Once the gears are all covered in paint, I then started to add the waxes ~ Rich Copper, Aged Brass and Red Amber. Apply each colour of wax to highlight the texture.
Arrange the gears onto your background and attach them with Collage Medium and foam pads to have different areas of dimension. At this stage, I also added some hardware to all four corners of the central panel, again coloured with the waxes.

We're nearly done and only have the pocket watch and wings to complete. Separate the front from the back of the watch and using the base section, attach a piece of linen from the Textile Surfaces pack to the inside. I then applied some Collage Medium, stuck my rusty heart in the centre and sprinkled a mix of micro beads and glass glitter around the outside of the heart. Tap away any excess glitter.

I added a Quotations sticker ~ "love" to the centre of the heart and then placed the front of the watch onto the base.
To get the beautiful metallic effect, I painted the watch with Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Paint and also painted the Regal Adornment Wings in the same combination.
Once the watch was dry, I rubbed some of the waxes over the top of the wings and around the edges of the watch before adding twine around the neck.

I attached the watch and wings over a bed of sisal fibres and the gears, using Collage Medium to secure it into place.
I really hope you love this project and it's given you a few ideas for some masculine cards or home decor pieces to make of your own!
 As always, if you do need any further inspiration, 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 StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....

Thank you so much for stopping by today and see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
Distressing Tool
Hemptique Twine
Sisal fibres from my own stash


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