Friday, 17 November 2017

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Hello friends!

Hope you've all had a great week and looking forward to the weekend! Today, I'm back to share another of my projects that I've made for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series! This project was so much fun to create and I love the scene that you can build up, using all the dies that are provided in the Snowman Scene set ~ you even have the pieces to add the fallen snow on his hat and shoulders, that adorable little scarf and the twigs for his arms...it really does create the cutest snowman ever!

So, let the fun begin ~ it's time to build a snowman!

To begin with I cut my background from watercolour card using the first landscape die in the set, the one with the peaks. I then added some snow to the die cut hills by lightly brushing the edges of the card with Matte Collage Medium and then sprinkling some Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the top. Allow this to dry.
For the night sky, I used a piece of navy blue card, approx 14.5 x 11.5cm. I placed the second landscape die onto the edge of the card and cut. Then, to create the snow effect, I inked up the Flurry stamp with the Versamark Ink Pad and stamped the snow across the top section of my blue card. I then sprinkled the white embossing powder over the top, tapped away the excess and heat embossed the powder until molten.

I then inked the edges of the card using Picket Fence Distress Ink before matting this section onto another piece of blue card, using foam pads to create dimension and leaving a border showing around the outside.
I attached the snowy hills onto the midnight blue background, again using foam pads for dimension.
For the next layer, which I mounted my background onto, I cut a panel of silver metallic kraft stash, 15 x 12cm and using the Starry Layering Stencil, I applied Grit Paste through the stencil onto the top section of the card. I then sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter over the top and allowed this to dry.

Once the paste is thoroughly dry, I then matted the panel of silver embossed card onto a piece of blue card, followed by white woodgrain card.

I then mounted the matted panels onto a piece of chipboard, measuring 14 x 17cm, which I painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. To complete the chipboard panel, I ran a Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edge and blended out the colour with my fingers.

Now to build the snowman and once again, I used watercolour card for the body. I just like the textured effect this card creates...it really does look like snow.

I built up the snowman by die cutting each individual section and inking around the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. For his hat and arms, I used the black card from the Classic Kraft Stash and then added his scarf and the band on his hat, which I cut from the Christmas Kraft Stash. Then all you have to do, is build up your snowman which is so easy as all the pieces really do just fit together. I added some glitter onto the edges of the snowman to create frosty look.
I attached my snowman onto the background by attaching him onto two of the Wood Slices...this creates a really good depth to the whole piece and adds some wonderful dimension to the snowman.
I placed foliage around the snowman by die cutting pieces from the Classic Kraft Stash and frosting them with a dusting of Rock Candy Glitter sprinkled over the top of Matte Collage Medium.

To ground my snowman, I added a small cut section of cheesecloth, which I arranged around the base of his body.
To complete the scene, I die cut the moon from silver and gold metallic card, using the die in the set and then layered the gold over the top of the silver. I then attached the moon to the night sky background and added a mirrored star and a Christmas Clippings Sticker.
As the finishing touch, I used the 25 from the Christmas Typography set and applied Brushed Pewter onto the numbers before dusting them with glitter. I attached the numbers in the top right hand corner.
I thought this project would look really cool as a hanging decoration, so I added it to a display hanger and tied a crinkle bow onto the hanger and added "A Christmas Dream" clipping sticker...
...but you could also use these ideas to create a card, a notebook cover, anything you choose...just have fun and enjoy building a snowman!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you Monday with another project for the SSS Monday Challenge!

See you soon and have a great weekend...Emma x

Cheesecloth from my own stash

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Welcome to the Grand Christmas Exhibition...

Hello everyone...

Today, I'm sharing my latest Christmas project that I've created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series. I hope you've been enjoying all the inspiration so far and you're loving everyone's projects just as much as I am ~ haven't they all been amazing but if you should have missed any of the wonderful creations so far, then Tim will be doing a recap of all the week's projects, HERE on his blog every Saturday.

So, it's time to take a look around my project and for this particular one, I've showcased some of the brand new idea-ology products from the seasonal release and used them to create a home decor project, using a Vignette Tray and telling the story of two children visiting the Christmas Exhibition full of excitement ahead of the big day. When it came to choosing the colours of this project, it was so easy as I've always loved the combination of these colours and the beautiful holly paper is probably my favourite in the stash ~ I adore it and when it's combined with all the gorgeous products, this really does make me want to start decorating my house and get ready for Christmas.
So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...
To begin with, I took the smaller of the two sizes of Vignette Trays and gave the tray a coat of gesso, inside and out. Once the gesso was dry, I then painted my tray using Barn Door Distress Paint and mixing it with a small amount of Festive Berries. Once I was happy with the colour and the coverage, I dried the tray before dry brushing the wood with a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint. Again dry the wood thoroughly.
To line the box, I chose two of the papers from the Christmas Paper Stash, the floral paper on the back and the striped on the sides. I cut each panel to size and adhered them to the inside of my tray using Matte Collage Medium.
At the bottom of my tray, I added a small step. I created this by cutting a panel of card, the same width as the tray itself, approx 11cm. I then scored and folded the card to create a cube shape that will measure the same depth as the tray and measure 1.5cm in height. I covered the front of the cube with the red and white polka dot paper from the stash and attached my cube step, along the base of my tray. Cut a small amount of cheesecloth and drape the cloth over the top of the cube to look like snow. Attach with Collage Medium.

Now that my box is covered and complete, I moved onto the next stage of decorating...

I started with the poster that is placed behind the children and for this, I used one of the Ephemera pieces and matted it onto a piece of Woodgrain Watercolour card which I coloured using the same colours of Distress Paint as I used on the tray ~ Barn Door, Festive Berries and a dry brush of Black Soot.

I then placed a small Hex Fastener in each corner of the poster and attached the poster to the back wall of my tray using foam pads.
For the garland across the top of the tray, I used some of the Christmas Fringe and draped it across the top of the box, attaching it at the two ends and in the centre.
I then added three of the Tiny Bells to the middle of the garland and added a small bow.
Now for the trees and to colour my Christmas trees ~ I took one of each size Woodland Tree and spritzed them with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. You can let these dry naturally or if you're impatient like me, gently heat dry them with a heat tool. Once they are thoroughly dry, I then rolled the trees in some Glossy Accents, before sprinkling them with Rock Candy Dry Glitter ~ leave them to one side to dry.

To decorate my trees, I coloured some of the Baubles with Turquoise Alcohol Ink and attached them with Matte Collage Medium, I also added some small gems to create a bit more shimmer and shine.

As a finishing touch, I placed one of the fluted stars on the largest tree.
For the paper dolls, I applied a coat of Matte Collage Medium over the top. Once dry, I gave  them a light colour wash by using Distress Crayons and blending them out with a semi dry baby wipe. To attach my children safely into the tray, I used foam pads on the back of the figures and then placed them so they would stand on the cheesecloth covered step that I've previously attached. I also added my trees at this stage, placing them either side of the children.
I then applied some Grit Paste around the feet of the children and around the base of the trees, before sprinkling the wet paste with Rock Candy Glitter. At this stage I also added some snowball baubles, that I coated with Collage Medium and sprinkled with glitter.
To complete the decoration of the tray, I used a Christmas Word Band altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint to accentuate the wording and attached this to the front of my step.
As a finishing touch, I added a Curio Knob to the top of my tray.
So, that completes my tray and as you can see, it really has plenty of dimension, sparkle (which is really hard to pick up on the camera) and a beautiful vintage feel.


 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again on Friday with another project!
See you then...Emma x

Cheesecloth and gems from my own stash

Monday, 13 November 2017

Santa Will Know...

Hello friends...

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and ready for the week ahead! Today, we have a brand new challenge starting over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week our theme is called IT’S A STITCH UP! We can't wait to see how you will interpret the challenge and how you will include stitching on your projects...it's going to be fun and hope you'll join us!

For my project, I chose to stitch paper as I haven't really used my machine for a long, long time...I can stitch in a straight line and years ago when I was at school I did make my own clothes and home decor pieces in class but since then...papercraft and paint has taken over my life and I haven't really ventured into sewing but the one thing I do love is to create stitched borders on the edges of my paper, I just think it creates that perfect finishing touch. So, with this in mind, I decided to make a home decor project, using many of my favourite Tim Holtz products and use my machine to stitch around the paper.

 

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

To begin with I wanted to die my burlap panel a lovely shade of red and used Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain to obtain this. I sprayed the stain directly onto the panel and then set it aside to dry whilst I work on the rest of the project.

For the next stage, I cut a panel of the gorgeous paper from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash and machine stitched a couple of times around the outside. I then matted my paper onto a panel of gold metallic kraft card, leaving a border showing and attached this with Matte Collage Medium onto the centre of my dry burlap panel.

For the next layer, I used a Vignette Panel, which I painted red using Candied Apple Distress Paint, before sanding the edges back a little and adding a touch of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax. I cut a second panel of co-ordinating paper from the Christmas Paper Stash and again, machine stitched around the outside before adhering this piece onto my red Vignette Panel using the Collage Medium.

Matt the completed panel onto a piece of Christmas Kraft card and then mount the finished layers onto the centre of the covered burlap panel.

Next, I took the word "Believe" from the Christmas Typography set and coloured the lettering with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink before adding some Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edges. Attach the lettering to the top section of the panel.
I then added some ephemera pieces just below, attaching them with Collage Medium and adding a Remnant Rub and a Christmas Clippings Sticker. I also added a Mirrored Star, altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
Now for all those embellishments and to begin with I made some "logs" for my little boy to sit on ~ these are actually made from the wood effect paper in the Christmas Paper Stash which I rolled up into paper rolls and then cut into various sizes before layering them and piling them up to create the little seat. You can just about see these in the photo below. I also smeared some Grit Paste onto the ends of each "log" using my fingers before sprinkling the paste with Rock Candy Glitter.
Attach the logs at the base of the vignette panel and I also added some Christmas Fringe Trim beneath them.

To create my scene, I then added a wood slice, topped off with more Grit Paste covered with Rock Candy Glitter and some die cut foliage, cut using green kraft card from the Classic Kraft Paper Stash. To give a frosty look to the foliage, I applied a little Picket Fence Distress Paint to the ends of each die cut piece, lightly brushed some collage medium over the top and then dipped the foliage into the glitter. Allow the foliage to dry before arranging them on the panel and adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops to create the berries on the ends of the foliage pieces.
For the next layer, I added a small corked vial bottle, filled with glass beads and attached this over the top of the wood slice, placing it so that it sits on one of the logs.
I then coloured the gorgeous little Paper Doll figure, using Distress Marker Pens and attached him so he sits on the logs.
To complete the scene I used the poinsettia from the Festive Greens die set and die cut two poinsettias from gold metallic kraft card. Layer the flower pieces over the top of one another, slightly offsetting them and shape the petals before punching out two more petals using the Sizzix Daisy Flower punch and layering these inside. To complete the poinsettia, I coloured three Beaded Berries with Candied Apple Paint and attached these as the centres to the flower before placing and attaching the flower over the top of my logs. I completed the piece by adding a couple of gumdrops, altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and placing them on either side of the central arrangement.
As always, I hope you love the project I've created and enjoyed how I built up the layers to create the dimension on this piece. 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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx


Friday, 10 November 2017

The Magic Of Christmas...

Hello friends...

As another week flies by, it's time to share my next project that I've created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series. As the big day approaches, I'm sure most crafters are busy making their cards to send to family and friends and I thought this stamp set from Stampers Anonymous, combined with the Plaid Stencil was the perfect combination to create a really special card to send to someone for Christmas!
So let's get started...

To begin with I cut a panel of mixed media heavyweight card stock, measuring 12cm square. I then stamped the image of Santa in the centre of the card, using Jet Black Archival Ink. I watercolored the image using Distress Marker Pens and a watercolour brush, building up the colour gradually to created the shading.
I gave the image a blast of heat to set it before blending Old Paper and Antique Linen Distress Ink over the surface to create a more aged look to the card. I then inked up the pine foliage stamp from the Christmas Classic set with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink and stamped the image all around the edge of the card. I then inked the edges with a little Frayed Burlap ink before stamping the word, Magic in the bottom right hand corner. Matt the panel onto gold kraft card, followed by a piece of burlap before moving onto the background and that gorgeous plaid stencil.

I wanted to create a continual pattern across my background but wanted to use the stencil on a larger surface area than the stencil on it's own would cover ~ so, to do this I laid the stencil down onto my card, starting on the left hand side and then inked through it using a blending tool and Candied Apple Oxide Ink. Once you have completed the first section of the inking, carefully remove the stencil and by moving the stencil around, and you might need to do this several times, you can line up the pattern to create a continual design right across a larger panel of card. Once the stencilling was complete, I stitched around the outside of the card layer before matting it onto a further piece of gold metallic kraft card, followed by a piece of the red card from the Classic Kraft card stash, each time leaving a border showing around each of the layers.
Mount the background layers onto the centre of a kraft card blank, I used one measuring 18cm square which I lightly splattered across the surface, using the Splatter Brush and some Picket Fence Paint.

I then mounted the artwork panel onto the centre of the plaid background using foam pads to create dimension.
To complete the card, I added some die cut foliage, which I arranged over a bed of cheesecloth. At this stage, I also applied some Tonic Nuvo Drops onto the foliage to create the look of berries and allowed them to dry.
The scruffy bow is made from Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain and I attached this to the centre of my foliage arrangement.
In the centre of the bow, I added a Christmas Typed Token and a Tiny Bell. As the finishing touch, I placed a star adornment just over the top of the word...Magic!

 Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you've loved this card and been inspired by the techniques of how I combined the Distress Inks, Marker Pens and Oxide Inks, to create the artwork and background for this card!

See you again soon and don't forget if you do happen to miss any project in this series, then you can catch up with them all over on Tim's blog every Saturday!
Emma x



Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stamps: Christmas Classic
Layering Stencil: Plaid
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Holiday Greens
Cheesecloth and kraft card blank from my own stash

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dear Santa...

Hello everyone...

Today, I'm sharing another project that I've created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series...if you've missed any of the projects from any of the designers so far, then you can see them all over on Tim's blog, HERE

When I started thinking about this particular project, I knew I wanted to create a Christmas Advent Countdown Calendar because I always love to count down the days from the 1st December, to the 25th. But I also love to tell a story with my pieces and this little boy just had to be used as part of the scene, surrounded by festive foliage and snow, as he waits for Santa to arrive, so that he can enjoy a holly jolly Christmas!
To begin with I covered the tag using the gorgeous floral paper and the polka dot paper. I adhered the papers onto the tag using Matte Collage Medium. To hide the join in the papers, I used some of the text Christmas Design Tape and added a Nailhead Finding to either side of the tape. I then sanded the edges of the tag with the sanding tool to create a more worn effect. To complete the tag, I added the hole reinforcer at the top which I painted using Black Soot Distress Paint before attaching with some more of the Matte Collage Medium.
To create the background section for my layers, I started with a base board and attached this to my tag, placing it on the right hand side using foam pads. I then used a couple of pieces of Christmastime  Ephemera, inked around the edges and arranged these to the left of the board, so they are slightly tucked underneath the edge of the base board. Attach with Collage Medium.

I'll now take you through how I made each of the embellishments and I'll begin with the step. For this, I used three pieces of wood that I had in my stash. I added some colour to the pale wood using Walnut Stain Distress Ink, just applying the ink over the surface and then using a semi dry wet wipe to blend it. Once the wood is thoroughly dry, I then built up the three pieces, layering them over the top of one another to create the step and using Collage Medium to attach each piece.
When the medium is dry, I then applied some "snow" to the top of the step.
I sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter over the top of the wet paste and allowed to dry before I attached the finished step along the bottom of the base board.

Countdown Numbers: Each of the numbers is separate and interchangeable, so once they are attached to the fixings, they can easily be swapped around as you countdown each day. To begin with, I used the Gift Tags die to die cut 13 little tags from Heavyweight Card Stock. Ink the surface and edges of each tag before applying the numbers 0, 1 and 2 for the left hand side and 0-9 for the right hand side. 
Take two of the screw eyes from the Vignette Hardware Findings and fix the screws directly into the tag, ensuring that they are level and placing them on the left of the base board. Add your tags to the fixings.
Foliage: I used the Festive Greens and Holiday Greens die to die cut foliage pieces from various shades of green card in the Classic Kraft Card Stash. I then used the splatter brush to flick Picket Fence Paint across the surface of the die cuts to create a snowy feel to the each piece. Heat dry the paint before lightly brushing the tips with Collage Medium and dipping into Rock Candy Glitter. Allow to dry. For the red berries on some of the pieces, I applied drops of Classic Cherry Enamel Accents and then sprinkled the glitter over the top.

Christmas Tree: Add white gesso to the tips of the small woodland tree and allow to dry ~ I left this to dry overnight. Once the gesso is dry, I then spritzed the tree using Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. I heat dried the stained tree, dabbing the tree in a piece of kitchen towel to remove any excess colour. I attached the tree to the left hand side of the step, arranging it with a good amount of the die cut foliage.

Pocket Watch: Remove the back of the pocket watch and cut a circle of paper from the stash to attach to the back section of the watch. To give the watch a more vintage feel, I applied a combination of mushroom and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to the metal.

For the inside of the watch, I used a Christmas Typed Token, coloured with Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and then attached this with some of the smaller die cut foliage pieces, arranging the token with the foliage onto the paper covered backing. Add a small key adornment and a mirrored star before attaching the backing back onto the watch cover. Add some twine around the neck of the watch and place two tiny bells, which I altered with Cranberry Alcohol Ink, placing them in the centre of the neck of the watch. Hammer one of the nails from the Vignette Hardware Findings set into the base board and hang the watch from the nail.
Place a Christmas Clippings Sticker onto the glass.
Paper Doll: I very lightly coloured the adorable little boy with Distress Maker Pens. I then placed my paper doll onto my tag, placing small amounts of collage medium onto the back of the paper doll and attaching him so his shoulder is supported on the watch and his feet are supported on the wood slice, which I placed behind him.
At this stage, I added some more grit paste around the base of tree, onto the top of the wood slice and around the little boys feet, again sprinkling the paste with glitter for a touch of sparkle.

To complete the tag, I added a Quote Chip along the bottom section and tied some rope through the hole at the top.
I hope you've enjoyed how this tag came together and I've inspired you with my ideas! Make sure you keep checking Tim's Instagram and Facebook pages for more inspiration from some talented designers and friends and I'll see you very soon with another project!

Love Emma x


Sisal fibres, rope and wood from my own stash

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