Thursday, 20 July 2017

Get Hip For Summer...

Hello everyone...

I'm just dropping by today to share another Hipster card that I created for the Tim Holtz/Sizzix "Get Hip For Summer" challenge! The challenge ends tomorrow, 21st if you're quick, you still have time to join in all the fun!

For this card, my Hipster is one who travels the world and is a bit of a chick about town! He wears a smart suit, cool sunglasses and there's not a hair out of could say, Billy the Chick (named after Billy Idol because he reminded me of him) the smartest dude around!
As you can see there's lots of layers and dimension to this card and I used plenty of Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies to create the background for my chick.
I combined the Hipster die and stamp set to create my layered image which I coloured with Distress Marker Pens. The sunglasses frames are die cut from black card and then I added acetate coloured with an alcohol marker to create the glass.
The background for the card is made using the Newsprint stamp from Tim Holtz and coloured with Distress Crayons. I then matted it onto different layers of card and corrugated card before mounting it onto my card blank.

I cut the Mini Globe from gold Metallic Kraft Stock and then applied alcohol ink over the top to make it look more worn and shabby.
For the wording I used the Traveler Word Dies from the Metallic Kraft stock and then alcohol inked the positive section of the panel before matting it onto gold Deco Sheets. I then added the brighter gold lettering back into place, which just gave it a nice contrast!
To complete the card, I layered all the die cut elements onto my stamped background adding ephemera piece, dyed cheesecloth and some idea-ology pieces ~ Sprocket Gears and the camera from the Souvenir Adornment Set.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed meeting and getting to know Billy The Chick!
See you again soon...Emma x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ticket To Ride...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week our theme is called ~ Get In Shape and the team have created some wonderful projects to inspire you to create something shapely! You could create something 3D, a box or folder for example, or you could create a card with 3D elements or a fitness theme. Whatever you decide to make, we will be looking forward to seeing it!

I had such a great time working on my project this week and created a fun piece in the vintage style that I love so very much, co-ordinating products from Tim Holtz to build up the dimension for my little Hay Ride cart...
...and here's how I created this project!
To begin with I took my Vignette Box and covered it with some pretty paper from the Memoranda paper stash. I measured each side of the box, cut the pieces to size and then adhered them using Collage Medium. 
Once the papers are dry, I then took some of the designer tapes and with the box facing upwards, I began by adding some tape from the French set, along the top edges of the box. Using a different tape, this time I chose the ruler tape from the Aristocrat set, I then added this along the outside edges of the box and down each of the corner sections.
Next comes the pulley wheels and for this, I used the smaller sized wheels and gave them a coating of Rust Paste ~ remember to do this on the back and front, as you will see both and when adding the paste, ensure that none of it interferes with the turning of the wheels. 
Allow the paste to dry before attaching the wheels to the undercarriage of the box. To attach the rusty wheels, you will probably need longer screws than the ones provided or if you're like me, I just stuck them with some superglue and they are so secure, they won't be going anywhere!
To complete the outside of my box, I added Hitch Fasteners to each corner of the carriage...
...and a couple of Ring Fasteners, again attaching these with a small amount of superglue and then attached a piece of rope through the holes and tying it into a knot to secure.
For the final detail, I added a Clippings Sticker to the front section.

Now to move onto the inside and for this I began by making my flowers. For these flowers, I used vellum, which gave them such a beautiful look to the petals. To colour the vellum I chose, Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey for one set and Picked Raspberry and a small amount of Spiced Marmalade for the second colour way. Spritz the vellum with the Distress Spray Stains and at this point the vellum will curl, don't worry but once you give it a blast of heat, it straightens out again. Once you have your coloured vellum,  I then used the Small Tattered Florals die to die cut each piece, cutting between 4 and 5 layers for each flower. Once all my pieces are die cut, layer them up to create the flowers, shaping the petals to create a more realistic feel.
For the centres, I applied a small amount of Glossy Accents and then sprinkled them with Micro Beads. Set your flowers aside to dry.
Because the boxes are quite deep, I added some foam pieces to the inside which allowed me to have a base to work on. I then cut a piece of scrap card, the same size as the inside of the box, applied a layer of 3D Matte Gel over the top of the card and then sprinkled Art Stones over the top. Allow everything to set and harden before painting the stones with Pumice Stone Distress Paint and then attaching the panel over the top of the foam on the inside of the box.
Now for the fun part, building up my little scene and to begin with I applied a layer of sisal fibres and moss to my stone base. I then attached my flowers over the top of the moss before adding my paper doll. To give some stability to the figure, I attached a cocktail stick to the back of the doll and then poked him into the foam.
Finally I added an ephemera piece, attached to a Memo Pin.
To complete the cart and add some detail at the back, I used a small offcut of mirror card which I inked with alcohol ink before attaching the numbers from the gold alpha metallic set. I then applied a Fragment piece over the top, using Glossy Accents to secure it into place before attaching it to the back of my little cart....
...and I hope you love the finished piece, just as much as I loved creating it!
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, 16 July 2017

Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon...

Hello friends...

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! It's been eventful here to say the least but this afternoon, I intend to chill out, relax and cheer on Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon!

But before all that happens I have a few things to catch up on and I also wanted to drop by to share a fun project that I've created for the Hipstermania that's been happening over on the Sizzix blog. There is still time to join in, you have until the 21st July and for all the details you can read all about this fun "get hip for summer" promotion over on Tim's blog ~ HERE!

As soon as I saw this image, I couldn't get The Kink's song ~ Sunny Afternoon out of my head and decided to go with a project inspired by the lazy, hazy days of summer and an English Country gent (or in this case, a and created a vignette box using plenty of Tim Holtz products, combined with the Hipsters Stamp and co-ordinating die set.
The image was stamped onto Mixed Media Heavyweight card and then watercoloured with Distress Marker Pens before being die cut using the corresponding Sizzix die.
I added my stamped and die cut image onto the front of the vignette box which is covered in papers from the Dapper Paper Stash and attached it over the top of some dyed cheesecloth and some natural foliage.
I also added a quote chip, held in place with a hinge clip that I made nice and rusty with some rust paste.
To complete my box and give a real country gent feel to the whole project, I attached a finial, top and bottom which I coloured using Distress Paints. To add a more vintage feel to the paint, I then applied a small amount of Aged Brass Art Alchemy Wax with my finger tip.

I love the fact that Sizzix and Tim Holtz created the dies for these stamps as it really does allow you to create such fantastic dimension to the images, including the fun glass frames which I placed a small die cut piece of acetate into.
Hope you'll have some time to "get hip for summer" and join in the fun and I hope you love the project I created!
All Tim Holtz products used on this project are available from Simon Says Stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll be back with my SSS Monday project tomorrow and another Hip project later in the week!
See you soon and enjoy the tennis!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Ocean Life...

Hello friends...

As another week flies by, it's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ~ DISTRESS IT! There are so many ways you could interpret this theme from distressing the edges of paper to create shabby chic or vintage style projects or maybe you might choose to use Tim Holtz Distress products ~ the choice is entirely up to you and we can't wait to see what you'll create and how you'll play along with this week's challenge!

For my project, I chose to use quite a few of Tim's Distress products ~ paints, crayons, stains and marker pens ~ to create my Etcetera tag all about ocean life! I also distressed the edges of my tag using a sanding tool and added layers of birch wood covered in sand for yet another layer of, to find out which products I used, then grab a coffee and hope you enjoy today's post!


To begin with I added a layer of gesso to the surface of the small Etcetera tag and allowed that to dry before adding my layers of colour to create the background. Using Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Paints ~ I added the paint directly onto the tag, blending them together with a semi dry wet wipe. Heat dry the surface and then using an old credit card, I applied a very small amount of gesso over the top, scraping the medium down with the card but allowing the beautiful blue to still show through over the majority of the surface. I also used my finger to apply a small amount of Metallique White Pearl paint which creates a gorgeous shimmer. Once I was happy with the colour, I heat dried the surface thoroughly before adding some texture! For this I applied Grit Paste through the Speckles Layering Stencil. Let the paste dry before accentuating the raised surface by dry brushing a small amount of gold paint over the top.
I sanded the edges of the tag using a sanding tool and then ran the Ground Espresso Distress Crayon around the outside, blending the colour with my finger. I also used some of the Rich Copper Alchemy Wax to highlight the edges.
To complete the background, I inked up the Ledger and Number stamp from the Etcetera set and stamped randomly onto the background, focusing mainly on the central section where I will be building up my layers and then flicked some of the gold paint and Black Soot Distress Paint over the surface.

For the reinforcer ring at the top of the tag, I painted this with a combination of Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy Paints before attaching it to the tag. I then ran the Black Soot Distress Crayon over the top and blended the crayon into the paint before adding some more of the combination of paints and crayon around the outside of the ring to create a rusty look.
I now have my basic surface to start building upon and began by adding some fisherman's rope (you can just see it poking out from beneath the layers) that I had in my stash and attached it to the tag using Collage Medium. When the rope is secured into place, I then mixed some Art Stones of all sizes into 3D Matte Gel and applied this around the outsides of the rope and onto the background. Allow to dry before painting the stones with gold paint and a highlight of the Metallique White Pearl paint.
For the next layer, I used some cheesecloth, dyed with a combination of Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stains. Lay the cloth down over the rope and secure into place with the Collage Medium. 

Next layer was all about the 'distressed' wood and for this I used broken pieces of birch bark and layered them over the top of one another before applying some more of the Art Stones around the outside edges. Again, I painted the dried stones with a combination of gold and white paints.
Next layer: I added a map which was distressed around the edges with the paper distresser and some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Next layer: Some more of the cheesecloth, this time dyed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.

Next layer: I inked up the octopus stamp from Tim's Sea Life Stamp set and stamped this onto Distress card. I then watercoloured it with Distress Marker Pens before fussy cutting it out and adding it to my layers using foam pads to add some height.
I also attached a quote chip which was distressed with the sanding tool and then inked with Walnut Stain Ink to create a more worn, aged look.
I attached some Melange Pebbles around the focal point, securing them with collage medium and painting them with Metallique Mermaid Teal Paint. To add a little more highlight over the top, I used my finger to smear some of the White Pearl paint. I also added some sprocket gears around the central arrangement.
Finally, I plaited some twine to create my rope and threaded it through the hole, securing it with a knot...
...and added a couple of Remnant Rubs to the mix and the Traveller Ephemera Snippet piece to the side of the tag.

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
Sisal fibres, fisherman's rope, birch bark, twine, cheesecloth from my own stash


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