Monday, 27 February 2017

The Old Curiosity Shop...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is BASED ON A BOOK and we can't wait to see what you create! You can interpret this challenge in many ways, you can use pages of a book as part of your project or use the theme of a book as your inspiration.

For my project, I chose Charles Dickens', The Old Curiosity Shop as my inspiration and used plenty of Tim Holtz idea-ology products to create the curiosities that would fill my little shop window. So, it's time to step inside and take a look around...

...and here's how I created this project!

To begin with I took the largest and smallest sized vignette boxes and on the front of each box, I covered the raw edges with the French Design Tape and then used my finger to add a smear of gesso over the surface.
Next, I covered the outside, and the inside of both boxes with a selection of papers from the Memoranda paper stash. What I love about this paper stash is everything co-ordinates perfectly, so any of the papers from the pad will work. I attached each panel of paper using Collage Medium and then once everything was dry, I sanded back the edges to create a more worn, antique effect.
To create the shape of the box, I attached the smaller vignette box using Glossy Accents and placed it on top of the larger box. The finial on the top of the box is painted with gesso, which I then dried thoroughly before applying a coat of Old Paper Distress Paint. Thoroughly dry again before running the Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the surface to grunge it up a bit. Blend the crayon out with your fingertips and to add the final touch, I used some Treasure Gold Gilding Wax to accentuate the edges of the finial. Attach the finial to the top of the smaller box.
To complete my vignette boxes, I added the gorgeous little mini foundations to the bottom, once again attaching them with Collage Medium. This stuff is fantastic for adhering all these little pieces to my box and it has the most amazing grip, once it's's there for life!
I now had my basic box which was ready to fill with all the curiosities and the stories that each piece would tell. There are so many idea-ology pieces which are perfect for this project and all I had to do was work through my boxes...and boxes of adornments and pick out things that I thought would work...
...and I began by filling the smaller box, attaching the Silverware Adornments set inside. I then added one of the gorgeous new Quote Chips, attaching it with a fine line of Glossy Accents along the bottom edge of the chipboard. To complete this section, I placed some sisal fibres inside the box and added two tiny glass vials which I crackled by applying a coat of Collage Medium over the glass, allowing it to dry thoroughly before applying Rock Candy Distress Crackle. Once the crackle has done it's job, I then dribbled a small amount of Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the surface to give a more aged appearance.
Now for the larger section below and for this I started by making the butterfly cloche...this is actually based on a piece I saw in a department store in London and I instantly fell in love with it! The problem was the piece I saw was very expensive, so I think I'd need to win the lottery to have bought it home with me but with that in mind, I decided to create a miniature version that would go in my shop and used one of Tim's Decorative Domes and added a small piece of foam to the base. I then used a piece of rusty wire which I coiled around a pencil and attached one of the small butterflies from the Snippets set of ephemera pieces. Attach the wire by poking it into the foam and then cover the foam with a base of moss so that it hides it completely. I then added the decorative dome to the base finial which I had altered in exactly the same way as before.
For the section on the right of the box, I used a Ornate frame, coloured with Treasure Gold Gilding Wax and placed a Photo Booth image behind it. The small price tag comes from the Snippets set of ephemera pieces and I just tied it on with some twine.

I added flowers to a larger corked vial to create a vase and crackled the outside in the same way as before but added different colours of alcohol ink to create a mercury glass effect. I then placed some Bouquet Findings inside the vase, coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Spray Stain. 
The little stack of letters are all from the Snippets set and I just tied these together with some twine and added the keys.

To complete this section I added a pen nib, together with one of the Salvaged Dolls, slightly aged with some Gilding Wax and complete with added crown and wand from the Treasures Adornments set and the butterfly wings from the Snippets set.
On the left of the box, I added the butterfly cloche, complete with price tag, a Time Piece, an old dice I had in my stash and a crackled tiny glass vial with a light bulb. I also used a price ticket, again from the Snippets set of ephemera pieces and attached this to a memo pin before adding it to the cork from the glass vial which would hold it securely in place...
...and that completes my curiosity shop, which I hope you love as much as I loved making it! This really was a fun piece to create and will now stand in pride of place in my craft room!!
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

Monday, 20 February 2017

Take The Scenic Route...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about Transport and for my project I was inspired by a bygone era to create this card full of vintage goodness...

It's time for a brand new....
...and here's how I created this card!

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper and and after applying a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint, I then used a section of blue Distress Crayons to create a base colour on my background.

Once I was happy with the blend of colour, I then added some texture using Grit Paste and applying it in turn through the Treads, the Grid and finally the Industrial Layering Stencils. By using different stencils, it creates different textures and builds up a nice central section for me to build my layers. I added some colour to my layers by using more Distress Crayons in blues and also Pumice Stone and then adding a dry brush of gesso over the top.

After flicking some paint splats across the background using Black Soot Distress Paint, gesso and gold paint, I then heat dried the entire background thoroughly.
For the next stage, I used a combination of Industrial (I just love those nuts and bolts from this die, they are so cool) and Gearhead dies to die cut thick card and chipboard both covered with metal foil tape. Each of the die cut pieces are inked with a combination of Rust, Pitch Black and Sailboat Blue Alcohol Ink and then to add an extra touch of rustiness, I used Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the top. I then attached all my cogs over my textured area using Collage Medium to secure them into place and arranging them in a cluster in the centre of my panel. At this point I also used a few Kaisercraft Wooden Cogs ~ these are fantastic as an addition to the Tim Holtz die cuts and they work so well together. Each of the wooden cogs are painted with a combination of Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint before adding Black Soot Crayon to vintage them up a bit...
Now that the background is complete, I mounted the entire panel onto a piece of Walnut Stain Kraft Core Cardstock from the Classic Paper Stash, followed by a layer of gold metallic kraft card and then added some wraps of twine placing them horizontally and vertically around the panel, securing the ends of the twine at the back and also adding two Index Clips, at the top and bottom. I then mounted the entire panel onto a black card blank.
Now to create the main focal point of that beautiful car and for this I used Tim Holtz's Vintage Auto stamp and stamped the image onto a piece of Mixed Media card that I had inked using Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I gave the stamped image a hint of shading using Distress Marker Pens and then stamped the wording from the Dapper Stamp set beneath the car.
I added a rub on and the Traveler ephemera piece from the Snippets set and then mounted the image onto a piece of torn corrugated card, which I had painted with a layer of Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint. Attach the image centrally over the top of the metal cogs.

I finally added an arrow Remnant Rub from the Special Delivery set and used a Finnabair Mini Hardware piece.

To complete the stamped section I stamped the hat from the Dapper set and cut it out, then placed it onto my layered section, adding a star adornment to the band.
As the finishing touch, I added a Quote Chip, slightly distressed using Distress Crayons!
I really hope you've enjoyed the process behind this card and if you like all things vintage with a touch of Downton inspiration, then this is the perfect card for any dapper gentleman who adores his vintage autos!
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

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Shine Brightly...

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all good and having a great start to the week! Did you have a good Valentine's Day and did you receive any cards from secret admirers?

Today, I'm sharing another sample that I created for Tim Holtz for this year's Creativation show! This particular project was made for the idea-ology booth and features the largest of the Vignette Boxes!
I decided for this project I wanted to create the feel of a vintage schoolroom and used a combination of new and old idea-ology products to decorate the box but the main focus was all about that image from the Paper Dolls set and after colouring her with Distress Marker Pens, I perched her on top of a cotton reel and sat her in the corner, holding a mirrored star.

As you can see I lined the inside of the box using papers from the Memoranda paper stash! This stash is just so, SO beautiful and if you loved Wallflower ~ then you are going to adore this one! The edges of the box are lined with one of the tapes from the Journey Designer Tape set. I also added one of the Ruler pieces and attached it to the back wall of the box.
Now for those finials ~ oh be still my beating heart...I just LOVE those finials and they are the perfect finishing touches to add to the Vignette Box.
I wanted to keep the natural wood showing on the outside of my box, so I painted the finials with a layer of gesso before adding Distress Paints in various shades of brown. Once I was happy with the colour, I then sanded back some of the paint to create a more vintage, worn look and applied a really small amount of Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink over the top before attaching the finials to the top and bottom of my box!
On the inside, I added a Trophy Cup which contained a pencil, paintbrush and a Pen Nib, together with some of the new Bouquet Findings. You can add colour to these pretty little flowers using Distress Stains or Sprays but I wanted to keep a really pretty delicate feel to them, so I just added a blush of yellow to the centres and kept the flowers white.
The clock is made from a piece in the Snippets Ephemera set and I just added some real watch parts to tell the time.

To complete the box, I used a Quote Chip ~ Shine Brightly!
...and here's my project in the wonderful idea-ology booth at Creativation 2017!
Image found on Pinterest
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I really hope you love this project and thank you once again to Tim, Mario and to Paula for inviting me along to be a part of this amazing adventure!
See you Emma x

Monday, 13 February 2017

Time To Create Art...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is ~ Use Your Favourite Tool and we hope you'll join us for this fun challenge and can't wait to see what you create!

For my project, I created a canvas panel and not only did I use my favourite tools, I included them on my panel ~ a paintbrush and a ruler! These two pieces are items that I probably use on every single project I make, I'm a little OCD about straight lines, so a ruler is essential for making sure I'm not a millimetre out!! So, I hope you love this project I've made and enjoy how I created it...

I began by using a 18 x 24cm canvas panel and wanted to create a peeled paint effect on the background, so started by using a base layer of Distress Paint in Cracked Pistachio, Rusty Hinge and Peacock Feathers until the entire surface was covered. Once the paint is dry, I then added a little more depth to the background by using the same colours but in crayons and adding more layers. Give the panel a blast of heat and now for the fun part, I smeared quite thick layers of Vaseline over random areas of the canvas, applying it anywhere you want it to look as if the paint will be peeling.

Then, all you need to do is add a top coat of paint, I used Gesso for this project and apply the paint over the entire canvas, being careful not to spread the Vaseline around too much. Once the top layer of paint is dry, go in with a paper towel and just wipe over the areas where the Vaseline was applied and it should wipe straight off! If you have any stubborn areas, then just use a craft scrapper or an old credit card.

I now had my basic background but wanted a little more texture and for this, I used torn strips of Tissue Tape and laid these directly onto the background and then applied Grit Paste through the Linen Layering Stencil. 
Blast with a heat gun to dry thoroughly and to complete the background, I just added some more highlights of colour by using Distress Crayons and a small amount of gold paint before flicking Black Soot Distress Paint and gesso across the surface and adding Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside edges.

Now for the embellishing and for the collaged layer, I used a piece of ephemera from the new Collector's Layer Pack and Snippets packs and attached this directly to my canvas using Collage Medium. I then added some torn Designer Tape, Vintage Set. I added some shading with the Pumice Stone Crayon around the edges of all the taped areas and the ephemera pieces.
For the Vignette Box, I used the smallest of the four and applied a piece of paper to the inside and added Journey Design Tape around the edges.
Inside the box, I used Letterpress blocks to spell out the word ART and coloured these with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint. Once the paint is dry, I lightly sanded the raised lettering to create a more worn effect. Attach the letters to the base of the box and I also added some cheesecloth and then the small pocket watch. Inside the pocket watch I attached a small circle of paper and then used Chit Chat stickers to spell out "Time To Create". I finished the watch with a small metal star before attaching it to the inside of the box.
I then positioned the box onto my canvas and added a knob to the top.
I then attached what I think has to be one of my favourite images from the Paper Dolls set (oh how I love these Paper Dolls) and placed him so that he stood on one of the rulers which I have broken down slightly. 
I added some colour to the image using Distress Marker Pens.

Finally, I added my paintbrush, just an old brush that I've misused and couldn't clean and had seen better days! I broke the tip of the handle and then attached it to my canvas, also adding a hinge clip.

For the finishing detail, I added two Nailhead Findings around the arrangement.
I hope you've enjoyed today's project and that I've inspired you with some of the techniques and ideas that I've used!

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


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