Monday, 23 October 2017

Watching and Waiting...

Hello friends and welcome to a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is all about MONOCHROME ~ using one dominant colour throughout your projects and we hope you'll join us because the team can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!

For my project, I chose to create just one more Halloween piece and made a home decor panel using  black and ivory (just a slight twist on the traditional black and white) but I did add just a pop of red into the mix! 

So, it's time for a brand new challenge and this is how I created my project full of layers and dimension...
To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper and added a wash of Antique Linen and Picket Fence Distress Paints over the top. I heat dried the surface and then started adding some layers and depth to the background and began by applying randomly torn strips of tissue tape directly over the top of the painted surface.

For the next layer, I used the splat stamp from the Ravens stamp set and stamped onto the background in Jet Black Archival Ink. I always give my ink a blast of heat so that I don't smudge it before then adding the next layers, the Halloween Ephemera pieces, (sticking to the black and white pieces but adding that hint of red), together with cut pieces of paper from the Halloween Paper Stash. I arranged the pieces over the top of my tissue tape layer, adhering them with Matte Collage Medium and creating the effect of a cross shape on my background ~ you can see this underneath the circular die cuts in the photo below.
I wanted to create some texture onto the edges of the paper, so for this I dabbed the Embossing Dabber around the outside and then sprinkled over some Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. Heat emboss the powder and then rub gently over the surface to release the crystals, leaving the gorgeous effect that the powder creates. Do not put any of the released crystals back into the pot, discard these in the bin!

To complete the background I added a few gold and black paint splatters using a paintbrush which I dipped into the paint.

Once all the pieces are in place, I moved onto the next stage and cut my circular panels from some card, using the largest two sizes of the Stitched Circles dies.

Taking the larger circle, I painted it with black Soot Distress Paint and once it was dry, I applied some Brushed Iron Alchemy Wax over the top of the paint. Then, taking the smaller circle, I painted this with the same colours of paint that I used on my background. Layer the circles over the top of one another, using foam pads for dimension and attach them onto the centre of the layered background.
Taking a piece of woodgrain card, colour the surface with Black Soot Distress Paint. Once the card is completely dry, I cut the scarecrow from the black card. I then dry brushed the edges of the die cut image with a little Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. For his scarf, I used some cheesecloth that I dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Ink. I then tied the cloth around the neck of the die cut and secured it with a knot. To attach the scarecrow, I used and adhered it to the centre of my circular panels, placing it over a bed of sisal fibres.
I added the pumpkin from the Halloween Ephemera set and tucked it into the base of the scarecrow die cut and placed more cheesecloth just below the base of the scarecrow,
I then used some of the Halloween Clippings Stickers and attached these with a star adornment before I matted and layered my completed panel onto black card, followed by a layer of corrugated card, painted with Black Soot Distress Paint. I also added a small amount of the Alchemy Wax to accentuate the corrugation on the card.
As the finishing touch, I attached an Index Clip and hung a spider from a piece of silver metallic thread and added the Remnant Rub number.
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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun
 Cheesecloth, canvas paper, sisal fibres, corrugated card, Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder all from my own stash

Friday, 20 October 2017

Foolish Mortals...

Hello everyone...

Today, I'm sharing my Foolish Mortals framed panel which I made for the Tim Holtz Halloween Inspiration Series, inspired by the wonderful photograph from the Ancestor Paper Dolls set and telling the story of  Til' Death Do Us Part.
The panel itself is one of the large framed panels that from Tim's idea-ology range and I started this project by painting the frame itself. First, I gave both pieces, the frame and the edges and back of the backing panel, a coat of black gesso ~ this will prime the wood ready for my paint. Then, once the gesso was dry, I used Black Soot Distress Paint over the top of the gessoed surface.

I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly before then dry brushing the wood with a combination of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and a touch of gilding wax, just to accentuate the beading.

For the next stage, I used paper from the Halloween paper stash, cut it to the size of the backing panel and then attached it to the panel using Matte Collage Medium ~ at this stage I also applied a coat of the medium over the top of the paper.

To create the inner layer of the frame, I then attached Designer Tape, ensuring that the tape was in the right place and would just show around the edge when I attached the frame over the top.
I now have my base to work with and the next layer is that gorgeous cobweb layer. The cobweb is die cut from black card and then embossed with a layer of Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. Repeat the embossing a couple of times, to create a thick enamelled look to the die cut but on the final layer, sprinkle over a small amount of black embossing powder before heating the powders to become molten and shiny.

I attached the web to the top section of the frame using collage medium.

For the base of my panel, I used some more of the paper, this time the newsprint design, from the Halloween stash and rolled it up to create scrolls. I then attached the scrolls to the bottom section of my panel, over a bed of cheesecloth which I dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain, arranging the cloth so that it would also lie underneath the layers I was about to add. I also attached one of my favourite pieces from the Halloween release, those amazing skulls!
Moving onto the next section, I now created my coffin lid and for this, I used the lid of the Vignette Coffin Box as a template. I drew around the outline of the lid onto chipboard which I had covered with the wood effect paper from the Halloween Paper Stash. I then cut the coffin lid shape from the chipboard and added extra strips to create the look of wooden planks that would be nailed down onto the lid.

To complete the lid, I added a spider remnant rub and some small brads that I painted to create the look of rusty nails before attaching this section onto the background using foam pads to create dimension.

I then added my Ancestor Paper Doll and a Halloween Clipping Sticker over the top of the photo.
As for the all important finishing touches, I used one of the Halloween Word Bands, altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint and attached it to a piece of chipboard covered with linen. I adhered this to the top corner of my framed panel using foam pads and added a spider from the Halloween Adornment set, painted with Distress Paints, to just crawl out from underneath the band.
...and finally, I used some of the Bouquet Findings, spritzed with a little Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and a tag, complete with Remnant Rub.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you've loved the creative process behind this was definitely one of the favourite pieces I made!

See you again soon...Emma x

 Cheesecloth and chipboard from my own stash

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a good start to the new week and you're enjoying Tim Holtz's Halloween Inspiration Series and been inspired by all the wonderful projects that have been shared by some very talented designers! You can catch up with all the projects over on Tim's Facebook and Instagram pages.

Today, I'm sharing my Wicked project ~ a wallhanging that would be perfect to display amongst all your Halloween decorations and at the end of the post, I will include a list of ingredients I've used to create this piece and I hope you'll be inspired by some of the tricks and treats along the way that can be used on your projects, whether they are home decor or cards...

So, here we go...the creative cauldron is bubbling and here's how I created this project!

To begin with I cut two panels of mixed media heavy stock card, 16 x 13cm and the second, 6.5 x 13cm...this is a perfect weight of card for this project and technique that I'm going to use.

To get that gorgeous wicked green background colour, I used Distress Oxide Ink Pads and applied a combination of Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron and just a touch of Iced Spruce to my craft sheet. Mist the ink with water and then taking your panels of card, swish the card through the inks, picking up the colour. Heat dry the inked card and if you need to pick up more colour from the sheet, go back into the ink, to layer the colours of ink.

Once I was happy with the colour, I heat dried the card thoroughly and then inked the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Taking the larger piece of card and using the stars from the Witchcraft die, place the die in the top left hand corner of the card and run it through the machine to cut the stars into the card.

Machine stitch a 'wonky' border around the outside of each panel of inked card and then matt the card onto metallic kraft stash. The die cut stars on the larger piece of card, now shine through.
To complete the larger panel, matt the layers onto a piece of green classic kraft stash, distressed around the edges. I then attached both of the panels to the backing which I created from a piece of thick chipboard, again cut into two separate panels ~ 16 x 18cm and 8 x 14.5cm. I painted the chipboard with two coats of Black Soot Distress Paint and then once those layers were dry, I dry brushed, Brushed Pewter Distress Paint over the top to create a worn effect to surface.

Die cut the witch and two separate images of the cat from black card and run the die cut images through a Xyron machine, applying a layer of the adhesive to the side that you want uppermost ~ as you can see from the picture below, I reversed the die cut of the two cats, so that they face opposite ways! Sprinkle the images with Black Soot Distress Glitter and tap away the excess.
I attached the glittered images to the larger panel using foam pads to create dimension and added one black cat onto a pumpkin piece which I sliced in half and fixed directly onto the card using Collage Medium.
Add a bed of cheesecloth, dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains, to ground the images and to complete this section, I added a Ephemera piece in the top left corner.

For the lower panel, I used the Wicked die from the Vintage Spirits die set and again cut the wording from black card. I then used the same technique to emboss the lettering as I used on the Ornate Owl in this post, click HERE.
To complete the smaller panel, I attached the stars that were originally cut from the large piece of green card and used Collage Medium to secure them into place.

Finally, I punched two holes into the bottom of the large panel and two holes in the top of the small panel, aligning the holes on each of the panels so that they would hang straight. I added the mini book rings through the holes, joining the separate panels together.
As a finishing touch, I used one of Tim's Display Hangers, clipped it to the top and then used a Remnant Rub, "enchanted spells" to complete the wall hanger.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thank you to everyone who has taken their time to leave me a comment on all the recents shared means so much to me to read them all!
See you soon...Emma x

Cheesecloth and chipboard from my own stash

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Bone Collector...

Hello friends and welcome to another brand new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. This week, our theme is called ~ IT'S A DOG'S LIFE and for this one, I think the clue is in the title because we want to see you use a dog within your project! So, it doesn't matter what you choose to make, we just need to see those cute or crazy little dogs make an appearance!

For my project this week, I chose to use a Crazy Dog from Tim Holtz, who has been framed in the moment of trick, treating and just a little bone collecting...
So, it's time for the new challenge to begin and here's how I created this piece...
I started by creating my frame and used one of Tim's Mini Framed Panels, which I painted with a couple of coats of Black Soot Distress Paint, drying the paint layers thoroughly between coats.

Once I was happy with the coverage, I then dry brushed the frame with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, to accentuate the beading around the edge and allowed this to dry.

I then applied a small amount of Old Brass Alchemy Wax over the top of the beading to complete the paintwork.
For the next stage, I used some paper from the Halloween Paper Stash to create my background. I cut the paper to the same size as the back panel of the frame and then attached it by using Vintage Collage Medium, which gave it a slightly warmer colour. I then used the Ground Espresso Distress Crayon around the edges, blending the colour towards the centre.

To complete the background, I added flicks of Black Soot paint and allowed everything to dry.

Now for my little Crazy Dog, I stamped the dog image and the witches hat from the Crazy Things stamp set, onto watercolour card and watercolored them with Distress Marker Pens.I used the corresponding and matching Sizzix dies to each image, to die cut the dog and hat and then attached the hat to my dog, using foam pads on the back to create a little more dimension.
For the base of my panel and to set the scene, I began by using some of the super-cute Halloween Fringe, which I spritzed lightly with some Antiqued Bronze Mica Spray. I heat dried the fringe immediately and then attached the fringing along the bottom section of the frame.
For the next layer, I used some cheesecloth, coloured with Peeled Paint and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. Once the cloth was dry, I arranged it along the bottom, placing it above the fringe and attaching it with Collage Medium. To complete the ground section, I added some moss.
I then attached my dog, using foam pads before adding a pumpkin piece, which I cut in half to fix to my panel, a skull and some Boneyard Findings...tucking them all into the arrangement along the bottom of my frame.
For the finishing touches, I added some die cut bats, taken from the Haunted House die set and attached these with Collage Medium and completed the panel with the perfect Halloween Word Band  Bone Collector, which I altered with a small amount of Picket Fence Paint to highlight the wording.
So, that completes my panel, the moment in time when this crazy dog was caught in the moment and framed for his crime of bone collecting!
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 see you again very soon!
Love Emma xxx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Village Graveyard...

Hello friends! Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend! Today, I'm so excited to be sharing a project over on the Simon Says Stamp store blog, together with a little sneak peek of the project here! But if you love all things Halloween as much as I do, then just click HERE to check out my tutorial for a piece of spooky home decor that I created using many of the new items from the Tim Holtz Halloween release!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you tomorrow with my latest SSS Monday Challenge project!

Happy Emma x

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Hallowed Spot...

Hello everyone...

Today, I'm back with another sample that I created for the Tim Holtz Halloween Inspiration Series and if you follow Tim on Facebook and Instagram, by now you have probably seen the inspiration series and seen all the wonderful projects by many talented designers but if you haven't you can always catch up with a recap each Saturday on Tim’s blog.

For this project, I used the beautiful Ornate Owl die from Sizzix, together with the Cobweb die which I have found so useful, for so many of my projects during the Halloween run up and I hope you enjoy all the photos in this post, showing you all the close up detail of The Hallowed Spot. I'm not going to do a full tutorial for this post but I am going to share how I created the enamel effect on the die cut...
So to begin, I die cut the owl itself from black paper which I then embossed to create this beautiful glossy enamelled look to the owl. To do this, I applied clear embossing ink in a dabbing motion, over the top of the die cut before sprinkling it with clear embossing powder and heating it to become molten. I repeated this process another 4 times to create the thick enamelled effect. For the final layer, I added a sprinkling of gold embossing powder to random areas and then heated it for the final time.
As you can see, it gives such a wonderful effect and also creates a really substantial die cut. I then backed the die cut owl with a silver deco sheet, which had Cranberry. Eggplant and Gold Mixative alcohol ink randomly applied to it, mainly concentrating around the body area of the owl. To complete my die cut, I added a Halloween Token to the body, altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
For the background, I used a circle of black card and Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink. I applied the ink to my craft sheet, misted it with water and just dragged the card through the ink, picking it up in random areas ~ I don't want the ink to cover the whole piece of card, I just want it to create the look of a misty night sky. I heat dried the card and matted it onto gold and black card layers to create a border. I added the cobweb, cut from silver metallic card and altered with Mushroom and Latte Alcohol Ink which I then attached to my background using Collage Medium.
I then attached my owl die cut over a bed of cheesecloth, dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray stain, and added a twig from my garden for him to perch on.
To complete the panel, I used Mirrored Stars and a spider from the Halloween Adornments set, and stuck them around the image...
... before finishing the project with a Halloween Clippings Sticker!
Thank you so much for popping over to my blog today and thank you for all the lovely comments you've continued to leave on the projects that Tim has shared.
See you soon...Emma x

Cheesecloth, black card, twig ~ all from my own stash


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