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

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Explore, Discover, Dream....

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all good and having a lovely week! I'm not sure where time goes but it's definitely flying and I can't believe it's already Thursday but today, I'm just stopping by to share another of my Creativation 2017 makes with you all!

This was such a great die to work with and I can see so many future projects using this Tiny Houses die, combining it with idea-ology or other Sizzix dies ~ it's just one of those products that you definitely need in your craft room and for this particular project, I created a summer garden and used the original WildFlowers Die, combining them with punched butterflies.

Each of the boxes are die cut from mount board and then painted with Distress Paints. I then added some Designer Tape around each of the edges before attaching them to hand cut bases, which I just thought finished them off perfectly! To create the little roofs of each house, I used metal foil tape, embossed with the Latticework Texture Fade, which I then attached to the mountboard roofs. I then alcohol inked the metal to create this gorgeous finish.
The wildflowers were die cut from watercolour card and then coloured using Distress Inks and a water brush before I attached them onto the fronts of my box using Collage Medium...
...and I even attached a flower to the back, just to create that added extra touch!
You'll also notice that I added a border around the bottom of each house and this was die cut using the borders from the Stitched Ovals die!
...and here they are in pride of place on the Sizzix booth at Creativation 2017!
Thank you to Jenny Marples for this image!

I'll be back with my final share of Creativation makes over the weekend and I really hope you enjoyed this post and thanks so much for stopping by today!
See you soon ~ love Emma x

Monday, 6 February 2017

You're The One...

Hello friends

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for a brand new week and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week the theme is YOUNG AT HEART and of course, is all about Valentine's Day and as an added bonus, if you love Simon Says Stamp products, then the team are also showcasing a selection of these within their projects!

I decided to create a Valentine's Day card but I didn't go down the traditional route of red and went with soft vintage tones of neutrals, pink, gold and duck egg blue.

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

To begin with I started with my background and cut a piece of mixed media card to roughly the same size as the background stamp that I was using.

I then added a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint over the surface of the card, heat dried the paint before layering further Distress Paints ~ Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap to create my background. Heat dry the painted surface thoroughly!

Then, using an old expired credit card, I scraped some gesso over the top of the layers and again gave it a blast of heat to dry it.

To add that little extra hint of colour, I added a touch of Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon to my background and just blended with my fingertips.

Ink up the Love Is Background Stamp using Versamark Ink or clear embossing ink and then sprinkle some gold embossing powder over the top. Tap away the excess powder and heat emboss until molten and shiny.
Flick some gesso splats across the embossed surface before matting and layering the background onto  a piece of gold metallic card, followed by a layer of pink kraft stock card. I mounted the matted layers onto a white card blank, inked around the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Now for my layers and to begin with I used the Tim Holtz Ornate Frame die to die cut a piece of chipboard. Prime the chipboard with a layer of gesso before adding some Grit Paste to the surface, leaving the paste slightly stippled to create some gorgeous texture.

Once the paste is dry, add some Gold Rush Alchemy Paint over the top and again leave to dry.

Attach the frame onto your background, layering it with pieces of torn corrugated card, dry brushed with gesso. Cut a piece of linen from the Textile Surfaces pack and add small amounts of gesso and Victorian Velvet Distress Paint onto the surface. Ink the Tim Holtz "You're The One" quote with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp directly onto the linen.
Attach the message over the top of the layers. At this stage I attached a Hinge Clip, altered with some Treasure Gold Gilding Wax and then added a loop pin and a Heart Charm and just clipped onto the side of the layered section.
For the handmade paper rose, I used Tim's Tattered Florals die and die cut lightweight card, coloured with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. I then created my dimensional bloom, inking the edges of each layer and shaping the petals to create a more realistic look.
Attach the rose to the card, together with a shabby bow made from crinkle ribbon and coloured with Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen Distress Stain.
Finally, I added some small hearts to my background! I actually had these teeny little hearts on my desk from a previous project ~ they are the negative sections from the SSS Stacked Heart Die and I just thought they were the perfect finishing touch to the card and placed them around the frame area.
To complete the card, I added some Memory Hardware metallic beads to each corner.
So, I hope you enjoyed how I created this card and it's inspired you with a few ideas for Valentine's Day!

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 xx

Recipe for project:

Simon Says Stamp products: Love Is Background Stamp, Stacked Hearts Die
Tim Holtz Stamps: The One
Tim Holtz Dies: Tattered Florals, Ornate Frame 2
Heat Gun
Corrugated Card from my own stash


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