Monday, 19 February 2018


Hello everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the new week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called GRUNGE IT UP and as it says in the title, we want you to get your grunge on! We can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll join us for this fun challenge...

For my project, I created an Etcetera tag and used a combination of Grit Paste and Distress Paints on the background to create the look of worn paint surrounded by an oxidised, rusty border and the focal point of those beautiful Entomology stamps from Tim Holtz...
So, let's's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with, I took the smallest Etcetera tag and primed the surface with a coat of gesso which I dried thoroughly using a heat gun. I then smeared Grit Paste onto the edges of the tag and allowed this to dry.

To create paintwork effect, I started by adding layers of Distress Paint, blending a combination of Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough and applying it to the surface of the tag with a brush. Once I was happy, I heat dried the paint before moving onto the next layer. For this, I applied some torn Tissue Tape from the Symphony set and adhered it to the painted surface. I then brushed Matte Collage Medium over the top and once that was dry, scraped some gesso over the paint work. Once again, I dried this layer and then added some more depth of colour using Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge Distress Crayons, just scribbling them onto the painted background and blending it out with a semi dry wet wipe. Using the text stamp from the Entomology set, I randomly stamped the wording onto the painted background using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Now to create that rusty border where I've applied the Grit Paste to the edges of the tag. For this, I applied a combination of Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the paste and then to create that real pop of colour and beautiful look of rust, I used Red Amber and Rich Copper Art Alchemy Brilliance Waxes. For this, I just applied the wax onto the raised areas of the paste using my finger and for any uncovered areas, I took an old paintbrush and just used a dabbing motion to get the wax into all the nooks and crevices of the paste. Once I'd covered the pasted areas, I then ran my Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside and blending out the colour.
To complete the background section of this project, I attached some torn strips of corrugated card using Collage Medium and then dry brushed some gesso over the top. Once the paint was dry, I then applied some more wax to accentuate the corrugation of the card. Finally, I added the final layer to the background and applied some more paste through the Industrial Stencil, adding the numbers to the top and bottom section of the corrugated card.

I added the hole reinforcer piece to the top, which I painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and then dry brushed Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint over the painted reinforcer. Add some twine through the hole and a Snippets Ephemera piece on the side.
I now have the base of my project finished and can move onto those beautiful stamps. Taking three of the bugs from the set and using the Stamp Platform, I stamped the images in Jet Black Archival Ink onto a piece of card that I'd inked with a combination of Fossilized Amber and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Inks before then applying a layer of gesso over the top. I then inked up the script stamp from the Entomology set with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Ink and stamped the script across the surface of the card, allowing the stamp to touch some of the card but leaving other areas blank. Heat dry this to set the ink.

I then stamped the bugs a second time onto watercolour card and this time, I painted these with Distress Marker Pens. I cut around the bodies of each of the stamped images and then laid them over the top of the stamped images on the inked card panel, leaving the wings free and lifting them slightly. I then added some Clippings Stickers and a remnant rub to each bug.
I flicked some gold paint across the surface, stitched around the edge and added some Hex Fasteners to each corner before matting and layering the panel onto linen and kraft card.
I then attached my artwork to the centre of the tag, layering it over the top of the corrugated card and at this stage, placing two sprocket gears behind the panel.
As my final layer to this project, I tied some twine around the bottom section of the tag, fastening it at the back and then using a broken Ruler Piece, coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, I attached the ruler with Collage Medium, placing it over the top of the twine and slightly taking it over the edge of the tag. I then took a Quote Band and applied Rust and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink to the metal before accentuating the wording by painting Picket Fence Paint over the top of the metal and then wiping away the excess paint to reveal the quote.
To complete my tag, I added some Mini Hardware pieces and Nailhead Findings.
I hope you've enjoyed how I created this project and it will inspire you to join us and play along. 

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

Saturday, 17 February 2018

She Dreams of Faraway Places....

Hi everyone...

Hope you've all had a fabulous week and looking forward to a happy weekend! Today, I'm just popping by to share another of the projects that I created for Tim Holtz's idea-ology booth at Creativation 2018.
I was so happy with this project and I just loved the way it turned out, it was one of those that just went to plan and everything fell into place, thanks to all the wonderful new idea-ology products that I used. So, today I'm going to just show you around this tag and show you a few of those exciting new products.
The main base of the project is a small Etcetera Tag which I painted with a blend of Picket Fence, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Paint. I then collaged some of the gorgeous new Aviary Collage papers over the top of the painted tag, adhering them with Matte Collage Medium. I aged the tag with Distress Crayons and a few flicks of Black Soot Distress Paint.

I then added one of the brand new Collage Frames over the top which I aged with the help of the Sanding Tool and Distress Crayons and I also adhered some more of the Collage Paper onto the surface ~ you can see the script font by the girl's feet. The frame was attached with foam pads to create some more dimension and I layered it over the top of the Aviary Collage Papers adhered to the Etcetera Tag. I also added Hex Fasteners to each corner.

The came the centrepiece and focal point of this whole project. For this, I used some of the Botanical Layer Ephemera pieces and placed the flowers around the aperture. I then added my beautiful little girl from the new Paper Dolls pack and sat her on a word key complete with a small piece of Linen Ribbon.
To add even more dimension to this central area, I added some Bouquet Adornments which I coloured with Shaded Lilac Distress Spray Stain.
Finally I added one of the new Quote Tokens, which had a small amount of Picket Fence paint added to accentuate the wording and arranged this in the bottom left hand corner together with some more lilac flowers.
I added some dyed crinkle ribbon through the hole and some fluttering butterflies to complete the tag....
I hope you love this project as much as I loved creating it and that it's inspired you on how to use some of the new products.
As always, I'd love for you to leave a comment, I really do appreciate them all and I'll be back soon to show you another project from Creativation 2018 and in the meantime, I'll see you on Monday with my latest Simon Says Stamp project!

Have a great weekend and take care...Emma xx

Monday, 12 February 2018

Adventure Awaits...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new week over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week our theme is called TAKE NOTE and the team are so excited to see how you'll interpret this fun challenge and what you will be making. We hope you can join us...

For my project, I created a journal that is perfect for anyone who loves to travel but the idea for this piece was actually inspired by a story I created in my head...this would be a gentleman's journal, filled with stories and photos of his travels around the world. So, using Eileen Hull's Journal die, I bought this story to life...
So, let's's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with I used some Sizzix Sizzles mount board and cut my two sections, back and front cover using Eileen's journal die. I then attached the two separate pieces together to create my cover. All the instructions of how to construct this die and how to create the binding for the papers are supplied, so don't worry if you think it looks complicated because it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

I then applied gesso over the entire cover, front, back and on the inside before painting it using a combination of Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Antiqued Bronze Distress Paints. Heat dry each layer of paint before adding the next, as this will stop the paintwork becoming muddy and murky in colour. Once I was happy with the blend, I heat dried the cover and set it aside.
Using the gorgeous map paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash, I cut pieces to size to cover the front and back. I machine stitched a border around the edge and then adhered the paper using Matte Collage Medium. I even added an Ephemera Snippet piece in the corner on the back cover to make it look as if there is an address label.
Now for those embellishments and as my regular visitors will know, I LOVE dimension and layers so I created those on this particular project using some paper rolls which I made up from the leftover section of the map paper. All you do for this, is cut various sized pieces of the paper and roll them around a pencil. I then tore the edges of the rolls and inked them with Ground Espresso.
To create the frame that you can see behind the paper rolls, I used the smallest Vignette Frame. I then applied a coat of gesso to the frame before painting it with the same colours of Distress Paints that I used on the cover. To complete the frame and accentuate the beading I applied a small amount of Aged Brass Alchemy Wax over the top. Attach the frame to the front cover using Collage Medium, placing and layering some Snippet Ephemera pieces behind the frame. Once everything is dry and the frame is stuck solid, I then ran Black Soot Distress Crayon around the outside of the ephemera pieces to create a shadow effect.

I then attached my paper rolls to the frame, slightly offsetting each one.
For the next layer, I used the fabulous new Rosette die from Tim Holtz to die cut another piece of paper. I made up the rosette and added an Ephemera piece, the clock face to the centre before attaching this section over the top of the paper rolls.

As the finishing touch, I added a Quote Chip to the centre of the clock.

To complete the cover, I added some Nailhead Findings and a star adornment....
...then clipped a hinge clip to the side of my cover which I coloured with Antique Bronze and Tarnished Brass Distress paint and added a swivel clasp complete with a typed token, compass from the Souvenir Adornments set and a rusty gear.
Now for the inside and for this, I covered both sides with some more of the Correspondence papers. I then cut pieces of kraft card to make two pockets, embossed the card with the Tailored Texture Fade before lightly inking over the top of the embossing with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Attach the pockets onto your covers.
The last thing that you need to do is create the stringing to hold your paper and for this, I used some elastic cord and again followed the instructions with come with the die. I added a button to secure my elastic cord on the outside of the spine of the journal.

To complete the inside I cut and folded some handmade paper, stitched the paper down the centre fold and then threaded this though the cord to create the pages and decorated them with some idea-ology products, including paper dolls, pocket cards and metal embellishments.
So, I hope you love the project I've created this week and it will inspire you to try this wonderful die to make your own really is so much fun to use and I can already see me using this a lot more in the future.
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, 5 February 2018

Love Is In The Air...

Hi everyone...

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the week ahead and also, I hope you're all ready for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge because this week, the team are showcasing Carabelle Studio products and combining it with our theme ~ LOVE IS IN THE AIR! So, however you choose to interpret this challenge we can't wait to see what you create and hope you'll play along!

For my project, I created a panel that features the quote "Follow Your Heart" and it inspired me to design this project all about a little boy, who has a heart full of love and plenty of dreams for the future...
So, let's's time for the new challenge and here's how I created this piece!

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas card, 20 x 16cm and began to create my textured background. I started with some randomly torn strips of tissue tape, which I applied to the central area of the card and then brushed some Matte Collage Medium over the top. I then added some colour using Distress Crayons, scribbling the Victorian Velvet, Black Soot and Vintage Photo Crayons directly onto the taped area and blending them out with my fingertip and a semi dry wet wipe. 

To create more layers, I then inked up the stamp from the Entomology Stamp Set and stamped this onto random areas of the background.

Once I was happy with the colour, I then applied Grit Paste through the Constellations Stencil to create the texture. I allowed the paste to dry before adding some more colour using watercolour paint, that I applied directly over the top of the paste using the Metallic Accents Paint set and always concentrating in the central area of the background. I also added some flicks of paint to the background using the same colours from the palette, together with Black Soot Distress Paint.

Gently heat dry the painted area, do not overheat as this might bubble the paste.

Once dry, I inked the edges of the card and added some torn strips of Design Tape and a Clippings Sticker to the corners. I then matted the background onto black card, followed by kraft card.
I now have my background to layer the details onto and to start I created a tag, using the tag die from the Side Kick Starter Set and inking the tag with Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink Pads. I stamped the Love definition quote from the Love Struck Stamp set onto the tag, added some twine through the hole reinforcer and then matted it onto kraft card and then mounted it onto the central area of my background, using foam pads for dimension.

I then used the Industrial die to die cut some gears from chipboard which I covered with Metal Foil Tape. Once I had enough gears, I used Rust, Gold Mixative and Pitch Black Alcohol Inks to alter the surface to create a rusty appearance. 
I then layered my gears across the page and at this stage, I also added some metal embellishments, Sprocket Gears and Rustic Gears which I thought complimented the die cuts perfectly.
To complete this section, I also added some nails from my tool box that I altered in colour using some more of the alcohol inks and some Tim Holtz Hex Fasteners, together with some knobs and some mini hardware pieces from Prima.
For the heart that I've used, I covered some more chipboard with metal foil tape and then used the Heartfelt die to die cut the heart. I then ran the die cut through my machine in the Rivets Embossing Folder before adding colour using Red Pepper and Mushroom Alcohol Inks. To create a more worn look to the metal work, I then sanded the raised areas and inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Crayon.

I mounted the heart onto my tag and then attached an Arrow Adornment, altered with alcohol inks, and placed this across the heart before attaching my little boy (this image is in the brand new set of Paper Dolls) which I colour tinted with Distress Marker Pens.

I finished my layout by adding a quote chip ~ Follow Your Heart, some star adornments and a couple of Nailhead findings which I added to the corners.
So, that completes this week's project and as always, I hope you'e enjoyed the creative process and loved the piece I've designed!
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

Recipe for project:

Carabelle Studios: Constellation Stencil
Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Heartfelt, Industrial, Rivets and Diamond Plate Texture Fade
Tim Holtz Stamps: Love Struck, Entomology
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Vintage PhotoFrayed BurlapAntique Linen
Distress Crayons: Victorian VelvetVintage Photo and Black Soot
Heat Gun
Canvas card and sisal fibres from my own stash

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