Monday, 22 January 2018

In My Heart...

Hello friends and welcome to another week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! I can't quite believe we're in the third week of January already but I hope you've been loving all the inspiration and challenges so far!

This week our theme is called TAG IT and all we want you to do is use a tag somewhere on your project, it's that's simple and we can't wait to see what you create.

For my project, I felt love in the air and decided to create a Valentine's tag full of layers and completed with a wire wrapped heart.
So, let's get started and here's how I created this project... 



To begin with I took a Mixed Media Heavyweight tag and began by adding colour with Distress Oxide Inks. I used Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo on this one and just applied the ink directly from the pad onto a craft sheet, spritzed the ink with a light misting of water and then swooshed the tag through the inks, picking up the colour. I then heat dried the surface before picking up some more ink to build up the depth of colour. Once I was happy with the inking and the tag was completely dry, I then began building up even more layers by applying some Tissue Tape directly onto the background. I then scraped some gesso over the top of the tape before applying more colour using Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet and Black Soot crayons.

To complete the background of the large tag and to create some texture, I applied Grit Paste through my old favourite, the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and allowed the paste to dry before adding small torn pieces of Design Tape and some Remnant Rubs. I matted the tag onto black card, leaving a border around the edge.

Now for those luscious layers and I started by cutting a smaller tag from heavyweight card stock, using the die that is included with the "YOU REALLY NEED THIS" Tim Holtz Sidekick Starter Set. I then inked the tag in the same way as the larger tag was inked but just randomly stamped onto this one using the Love definition stamp from the Love Struck Stamp Set. I then matted my tag onto layers of kraft card and gold metallic kraft card before adding a final layer of kraft card, which I edged with gold transfer foil. For this, I just ran my Collage Stick along the edge of the tag and then using the foil, shiny side uppermost, I pressed the foil onto the tacky glue and transferred the foil to create this beautiful gold edge.
I attached my layered tag to the larger tag and then added a hinge clip to the top, which I painted red using Candied Apple Distress Paint.
For the heart, I used the Heartfelt die and die cut one heart from a piece of chipboard. I then painted the heart with a combination of Candied Apple and a minute touch of Black Soot Distress Paint before enamelling it. To do this technique, I dab the painted surface of the heart using a clear embossing ink, I used Versamark, and then apply clear embossing powder over the top. Heat emboss the powder until molten and then repeat this process about 4 times to create this beautiful enamelled effect.
I then rubbed a small amount of Alchemy Wax around the edge before wrapping some wire around the heart. 

I then attached the wire wrapped heart over the top of the smallest set of wings, altered with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and taken from the Regal Adornments set.

I then finished the centre piece by adding a sprocket gear and resin rose to the centre of the heart.
To complete my tag, I added a Clippings Sticker just below the heart, a Quote Chip to the bottom of the tag attached with foam pads and placed over some Nailhead findings....
...and finished with a piece of twine through the hole at the top.
So that completes my project for this week and I hope you can find it in your heart to love this tag as much as I loved making it...

You can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and don't forget that 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx


Monday, 15 January 2018

Birds Of A Feather...

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called BIRDS OF A FEATHER and we are challenging you to create something with either birds, feathers or maybe like me you will choose to use another meaning of the phrase.

As soon as I saw this challenge, I was actually inspired by the definition and meaning and decided to create a project about friendship. I used one of Tim's small Etcetera tags and created a piece full of layers, using a beautiful photo from Tim Holtz's Found Relatives as my focal point to tell the story.
"The phrase "birds of a feather" ~ people having similar characters, backgrounds, interests, or beliefs.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project... 

To begin with I prepped my small Etcetera tag and applied a coat of gesso. Let the gesso dry before adding the next layer and for this I used some offcuts of card, which I attached directly to my tag using Matte Collage Medium. Once the card is dry, you can then start layering the paint and I began with a coat of Antique Linen, followed by a very light wash of Picket Fence. Heat dry the paint and then to add some more depth, I used Distress Crayons in Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo and a hint of Black Soot. I ran the crayons around the outside of the card that is attached to the tag and blended out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe. Once happy, I then used an old credit card to scrape gesso over the top. At this stage, if you need to add more colour back into the background, just add more crayon and continue until you're happy.

Once I'd finished the paintwork, I then added some more texture, using Grit Paste through the Rosette Layering Stencil. Allow the paste to dry before adding a touch of gold paint which will just accentuate the surface. To complete the background, add some flicks of Black Soot Distress Paint and gold paint.

Once the surface is dry, I can now start adding some more layers and started with a Doily die cut, cut from Classic Kraft Card. I cut this in half and then attached this directly to the tag with Collage Medium.
I then added some Layers ephemera pieces and some Snippets Ephemera pieces together with a ruler piece finding, which I coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Stain.
Now for the photo and I used this beautiful image of two friends, (birds of a feather) and just aged it a little by giving the photo a few creases, sanding the edges and adding some Vintage Collage Medium to the corners.
I then added a hint of colour to the image with Distress Marker Pens before attaching it using foam pads over the top of my layers and also adding a real feather, which I found in my stash.

To complete the central section, I coloured a Quote Chip with some more Vintage Collage Medium and attached it across the bottom section of the photo.
Finally, I added some metal idea-ology pieces, an index fastener, a hinge clip with the addition of a small piece of ribbon and altered with a touch of Distress Paint and a star adornment and placed a Melange Pebble, painted with Opal Blue Gold Alchemy Paint from Prima, as the finishing touch.

I hope you've enjoyed how I put this piece together and how much fun would this be if you used a personal photo of your best friend...it would be such a lovely project to make to celebrate your friendship. As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members.
Don't forget that 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx


Monday, 8 January 2018

Winter Magic...

Hi everyone...

How's your week been? I hope you've all had a great one and looking forward to a brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our theme is called Winter Blues and we can't wait to see how you'll interpret the challenge theme and, we're already looking forward to seeing your makes!

For my project, I was inspired by long walks in the woods on a cold and frosty day, bundled up warm and cosy against the icy elements and with this in mind, I created a panel using some Winter blues as my background and plenty of Tim Holtz dies to create the scene.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project, full of layers and texture...


To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper from my stash and started to lay down the colour for the background. I started with a layer of Tumbled Glass Distress Paint and then once this was dry, I scraped some gesso over the surface to create some depth. I then added some Pumice Stone Distress Crayon over the top of the layers and around the edges before applying Grit Paste through my favourite stencil, the Starry Layering Stencil from Tim Holtz.

Once the paste was dry, I added a dry brushing of Unicorn's Hair Alchemy Paint across the paste, just to accentuate the texture. I mounted the background onto silver metallic kraft card, followed by a layer of kraft card and then matted the layers onto a piece of chipboard, that I painted with the same colours as I used on the background panel.
Now that the background was complete, I started to build up my scene and for this, I used a variety of dies, including the Tree Line die and the Mini Holiday Greens die. To begin, I inked some card usingPeeled Paint and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Inks and then die cut the tree line and some pieces of foliage. The remaining foliage was die cut from silver metallic kraft card and various shades of green classic kraft card.

I added my tree line die cut along the bottom section of the background and then attached all the other foliage pieces so that they sprayed out from behind the tree line. I then applied a small amount of grit paste to the tips of the tree line die and set this aside to dry.
Using an offcut strip from the background, I then attached this using foam pads along the base of the panel and applied some more grit paste to create the look of snow.
To complete the scene I added a die cut deer from the Winter Wonderland die set, which I painted with Distress Paints ~ Ground Espresso on the body and Pumice Stone on his antlers. I attached the deer into place over a bed of sisal fibres.
To complete my scene, I added the Winter Magic Quote Chips and a mirrored star at the top of the scene...
...and placed a Clippings Sticker and two Nailhead Findings along the bottom section.
I hope you've enjoyed how I put this piece together and as always, if you do need any further inspiration, then look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members.
Don't forget that 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx


Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Mini Holiday Greens, Winter Wonderland, Tree Line
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled PaintIced Spruce
Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass
Distress Crayons: Pumice stone
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Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello 2018...

Hello friends and happy new year! Today, is the start of a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week we are showcasing Simon Says Stamp products and combining it with our theme ~ SOMETHING NEW! So, if you've had something new for Christmas and you'd like to use it within this challenge or maybe, you've bought yourself something that you'd like to use for the first time, then now is the time to play along and join us for this fun theme and we can't wait to see what you create.

For my project, I created a tag and used a gorgeous Simon Says Stamp die to say 'hello' to 2018.

So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...

To begin with I took a Size 8 tag. I applied Broken China, Iced Spruce and Antique Linen Distress Oxide Inks to my craft sheet and then lightly misted the inks with water before 'swooshing' the tag through the colours, picking up the ink. I then heat dried the tag before dipping it into the remaining inks on my sheet to pick up the residue colour. Once the tag was dry, I then applied some Frayed Burlap to my craft sheet and again, spritzed it with water and picked up small amounts of colour on my dipping my tag into the inks. Heat dry again to make sure the tag is thoroughly dry.

Now to create some layers on that background and for this, I applied random strips of Tissue Tape, and placed these directly onto the background, focusing in the central area of the tag. I then scraped gesso over the top of the taped area, dried the medium thoroughly before adding some depth of colour using Pumice Stone Distress Crayon, mixed with a little Broken China and Vintage Photo. Once I blended out the colour using my fingertips and a semi dry baby wipe, I then added some Grit Paste through the Mini Layering Stencil. Allow the paste to dry, before spritzing Mica Spray over the top ~ this creates a beautiful, subtle shimmer to the background and blends the inks perfectly.
I gave the tag a blast of heat to set the inks before moving onto all the elements to build up my layers. To begin with I took the Mini Globe die and die cut the image from gold metallic kraft card. I then inked the surface using Hazelnut, Gold Mixative and Espresso Alcohol Inks. I placed the inked globe over the top of a circle of Silver Deco Sheet, trimming around the edge of the die.
I then layered my die cut globe over the top of some Snippet Ephemera pieces which I attached with Collage Medium and coloured a Paper Doll with Distress Marker Pens, which I also added to my layering.
To complete the layering, I added some Sprocket Gears behind the Paper Doll.

For the wording, I used the Small Hello Craft Die from SSS and used this to die cut a section of black card, followed by a layer of gold Deco Sheet. I then layered my wording to create a shadow effect and attached it to my tag, together with some Deco Stickers to spell out the year 2018.
Finally, I added some crinkle ribbon to the top and placed a Clippings Sticker along the bottom of the tag....
...which completes this week's project and this dimensional tag, packed full of layers.

As always, if you do need any further inspiration, then 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 wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2018.

Love Emma xxx


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