Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Santa's Winter Wonderland....

Hello everyone!

Today, I'm back with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series. This vignette box home decor project was created using many of the wonderful new idea-ology products that were released for Christmas and I combined them with Sizzix dies. But the real inspiration behind this was the Salvaged Santa piece which I used as the focal point to create Santa's Cabin in the depth of a winter wonderland! I also wanted to continue the scene outside the box, so that I had a larger surface area to play with and I decided to add a piece of wood that would be joined to the bottom of the box and loved the effect it gave.
So, let's get started and here's how it all began!

Taking the largest of the vignette boxes, I began by using one of the Design Tapes, the star design, and covering the raw edges of the box. I then covered the outside of the box with some of the wood effect paper from the Christmas Paper Stash and adhering the panels onto the sides using Matte Collage Medium.
I lined the inside of the box, using the holly paper on the back and star design paper on the sides and once everything was dry, I then started to create my extended section which is attached along the bottom edge of the box. For this I used a piece of driftwood, you can use wood or chipboard if you haven't got any driftwood. I then took the driftwood, which has an irregular edge, which is what I loved about this and attached it with collage medium. I found this was the best adhesive to attach it but you might want to let it set overnight before starting to work on the surface.
Once the wood was set into place and I felt it was solid, I then started to build up my snow and for this, I applied a good amount of Grit Paste over the top of the driftwood and just inside the box itself, giving the appearance that the snow has just drifted inside the cabin.

Then, whilst the paste is still wet, I sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter over the top to give an icy look which really does sparkle when the light hits it. Let the paste dry thoroughly.

To build up the scene inside Santa's Cabin, I arranged a small amount of cheesecloth over the base of the box and the wood, this just gives the project some movement and a different texture. 

At this stage, I also added an ephemera piece to the back wall of the box, which I matted onto gold metallic kraft card, leaving a border of gold showing and then attached to the back using foam pads. I also placed a silver tiny bell to hang from the roof of the box. For this I used a Vignette hardware finding and screwed it into the wood and hung the bell from it.
Next, I took four woodland trees, two of each size and spritzed them with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. Allow the stain to dry, or heat dry if you prefer and once the stain is dry, then roll the trees in some Glossy Accents applied to a craft sheet and then sprinkle with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I allowed the glitter to set before adding some crystal gems and pearls to create the baubles on the trees. The pearls are all coloured with Sunshine Yellow and Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink before I attached them onto the trees using Collage Medium. I then adhered the trees to the inside of the box, arranging them at different heights.
For the next part of the scene, I used another piece of natural wood to create the base of my logs. I attached the wood along the front of the box and smeared small amounts of Grit Paste directly onto the wood, then sprinkled with some more glitter.

I built up this section with some of the wood slices, again smeared with Grit Paste and glittered for some more sparkle before attaching the slices over the top of the wood, together with some die cut holly branches, cut from green classic kraft card using the Festive Greens dies. I added a small decorative deer into the arrangement, which I painted with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain Distress Paints. I allowed the paintwork to dry and then added the small white dots onto his back, using gesso and the end of the paintbrush to just randomly dot them on.
Now for the star of the show, Santa! I just loved these little Salvaged Santa pieces, they are the cutest and whether you choose to paint them with Distress Paints, like I did or use any other mediums to colour them, they just make such a great addition to any home decor project.

As I mentioned, I painted the santa with various colours of Distress Paint and then, using a cotton bud, I rubbed some Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the figure to bring out the detail. I attached Santa to the base and also added some frosted baubles, which I covered in Collage Medium and then glittered around his feet.
For the finishing touch to my box, I added some more die cut Festive Greens to the top, arranging them with some wood slices and glittering the tips of the greens and then wood slices with Rock Candy Glitter. I then added some Nuvo Crystal Drops as berries and allowed these to dry. 
I then attached the 'tis the season quote chip, which I placed on top of the wood slice.
Finally, I added the final ephemera piece to the top right hand side of the box...
...and that completes this project, which has lots of depth to it and is packed full of wonderful Tim Holtz products.

As always, I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this piece and that you love the project as much as I loved making it. If you do miss any of the projects, then Tim will be doing a recap over on his blog, on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you Emma x

Cheesecloth, pearls and wood pieces from my own stash

Monday, 20 November 2017

A Festive Special Delivery...

Hello friends...

Hope you all had a great weekend and ready for the brand new week ahead and a brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called, Tear It Up and whether you tear your paper or maybe use torn strips of material, we can't wait to see how you'll interpret the challenge!

For my project, I created a panel using paper's from Tim Holtz's Christmas Paper Stash that I tore down the centre and then added rips and tears around the edges. I also added torn corrugated card for a little more added texture and plenty of layers for some dimension...


So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...

To begin with I took a piece of the patterned paper from the stash and tore it from top to bottom. Taking the two torn pieces, I then rolled the edges of the paper to accentuate the tears. I placed the two pieces in front of me, with a gap of approx. 1' showing all the way down from top to bottom. I then placed a piece of the wood effect paper behind the gap, so that this shows through. I attached the wood effect paper to the torn pieces and then machine stitched around the outside edge to create a border. Using the paper distresser tool, I ran it around the outside of the paper to create small rips and tears.
Matt the papers onto red kraft card, leaving a border showing around the outside. I then matted onto gold metallic card and a layer of chipboard which I painted with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint.

To add some texture to the background, I tore some pieces of corrugated card, added a light wash of gesso over the top and placed this torn border strip across the centre of the matted layers.

To create the central focal point on this project, I began by cutting a piece of the polka dot card from the Christmas Kraft Paper Stash measuring, 10 x 12cm and matt this onto gold metallic card. I then cut a further panel of the wood effect paper and matted this over the top of the polka dot card ~ this creates the first layer, which I then attached to the right hand side of the torn paper background, using foam pads to add dimension.
For the next layer, I cut a piece of corrugated card from the textured paper surfaces and added a layer of gold deco sheet over the top. I then matted a piece of ephemera, the Christmas Carol music sheet onto kraft card and adhered this over the top of the deco sheet before adding some more ephemera pieces and a Christmas Paper Doll which I coloured with Distress Marker Pens.
I mounted this finished section of layered matts over the top of some die cut foliage ~ cut from Classic Kraft Stash with a light wash of Picket Fence over the top and then glittered with Rock Candy Glitter. I also added some berries to the die cut pieces using dots of Nuvo Glitter Drops.
To complete the focal point, I added a Christmas Clippings Sticker ~ A Merry Christmas To All and die cut a bow from red card, using the die in the Holiday Greens die set. I then placed the bow over the top of the foliage, in the bottom left hand corner.

To complete the background, I added a Special Delivery Ephemera piece just below the central section and outlined it with a Black Soot Crayon.
Now all that is left is all the little finishing touches and I began by colouring my baubles using turquoise and cranberry Alcohol inks. I then attached the baubles over the top of the torn corrugated card, on the left hand side of the dimensional centrepiece.

I added a mirrored star to the top right hand corner of the photo matts, which was lightly altered with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and placed an Index Clip, again altered with alcohol ink, gold mixative and mushroom in the bottom right hand corner.

On the left hand side, I clipped a Hinge Clip ~ coloured with the gold mixative and mushroom alcohol ink and hung a Christmas Typed Token from some chain.
To complete the project, I placed two mini knobs at the top and the bottom of the torn section.
As always, I hope you love the project I've created and enjoyed how I built up the layers to create the dimension on this piece. 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

Friday, 17 November 2017

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Hello friends!

Hope you've all had a great week and looking forward to the weekend! Today, I'm back to share another of my projects that I've made for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series! This project was so much fun to create and I love the scene that you can build up, using all the dies that are provided in the Snowman Scene set ~ you even have the pieces to add the fallen snow on his hat and shoulders, that adorable little scarf and the twigs for his really does create the cutest snowman ever!

So, let the fun begin ~ it's time to build a snowman!

To begin with I cut my background from watercolour card using the first landscape die in the set, the one with the peaks. I then added some snow to the die cut hills by lightly brushing the edges of the card with Matte Collage Medium and then sprinkling some Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the top. Allow this to dry.
For the night sky, I used a piece of navy blue card, approx 14.5 x 11.5cm. I placed the second landscape die onto the edge of the card and cut. Then, to create the snow effect, I inked up the Flurry stamp with the Versamark Ink Pad and stamped the snow across the top section of my blue card. I then sprinkled the white embossing powder over the top, tapped away the excess and heat embossed the powder until molten.

I then inked the edges of the card using Picket Fence Distress Ink before matting this section onto another piece of blue card, using foam pads to create dimension and leaving a border showing around the outside.
I attached the snowy hills onto the midnight blue background, again using foam pads for dimension.
For the next layer, which I mounted my background onto, I cut a panel of silver metallic kraft stash, 15 x 12cm and using the Starry Layering Stencil, I applied Grit Paste through the stencil onto the top section of the card. I then sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter over the top and allowed this to dry.

Once the paste is thoroughly dry, I then matted the panel of silver embossed card onto a piece of blue card, followed by white woodgrain card.

I then mounted the matted panels onto a piece of chipboard, measuring 14 x 17cm, which I painted with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. To complete the chipboard panel, I ran a Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edge and blended out the colour with my fingers.

Now to build the snowman and once again, I used watercolour card for the body. I just like the textured effect this card really does look like snow.

I built up the snowman by die cutting each individual section and inking around the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. For his hat and arms, I used the black card from the Classic Kraft Stash and then added his scarf and the band on his hat, which I cut from the Christmas Kraft Stash. Then all you have to do, is build up your snowman which is so easy as all the pieces really do just fit together. I added some glitter onto the edges of the snowman to create frosty look.
I attached my snowman onto the background by attaching him onto two of the Wood Slices...this creates a really good depth to the whole piece and adds some wonderful dimension to the snowman.
I placed foliage around the snowman by die cutting pieces from the Classic Kraft Stash and frosting them with a dusting of Rock Candy Glitter sprinkled over the top of Matte Collage Medium.

To ground my snowman, I added a small cut section of cheesecloth, which I arranged around the base of his body.
To complete the scene, I die cut the moon from silver and gold metallic card, using the die in the set and then layered the gold over the top of the silver. I then attached the moon to the night sky background and added a mirrored star and a Christmas Clippings Sticker.
As the finishing touch, I used the 25 from the Christmas Typography set and applied Brushed Pewter onto the numbers before dusting them with glitter. I attached the numbers in the top right hand corner.
I thought this project would look really cool as a hanging decoration, so I added it to a display hanger and tied a crinkle bow onto the hanger and added "A Christmas Dream" clipping sticker...
...but you could also use these ideas to create a card, a notebook cover, anything you choose...just have fun and enjoy building a snowman!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you Monday with another project for the SSS Monday Challenge!

See you soon and have a great weekend...Emma x

Cheesecloth from my own stash

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Welcome to the Grand Christmas Exhibition...

Hello everyone...

Today, I'm sharing my latest Christmas project that I've created for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration Series. I hope you've been enjoying all the inspiration so far and you're loving everyone's projects just as much as I am ~ haven't they all been amazing but if you should have missed any of the wonderful creations so far, then Tim will be doing a recap of all the week's projects, HERE on his blog every Saturday.

So, it's time to take a look around my project and for this particular one, I've showcased some of the brand new idea-ology products from the seasonal release and used them to create a home decor project, using a Vignette Tray and telling the story of two children visiting the Christmas Exhibition full of excitement ahead of the big day. When it came to choosing the colours of this project, it was so easy as I've always loved the combination of these colours and the beautiful holly paper is probably my favourite in the stash ~ I adore it and when it's combined with all the gorgeous products, this really does make me want to start decorating my house and get ready for Christmas.
So, let's get started and here's how I created this project...
To begin with, I took the smaller of the two sizes of Vignette Trays and gave the tray a coat of gesso, inside and out. Once the gesso was dry, I then painted my tray using Barn Door Distress Paint and mixing it with a small amount of Festive Berries. Once I was happy with the colour and the coverage, I dried the tray before dry brushing the wood with a small amount of Black Soot Distress Paint. Again dry the wood thoroughly.
To line the box, I chose two of the papers from the Christmas Paper Stash, the floral paper on the back and the striped on the sides. I cut each panel to size and adhered them to the inside of my tray using Matte Collage Medium.
At the bottom of my tray, I added a small step. I created this by cutting a panel of card, the same width as the tray itself, approx 11cm. I then scored and folded the card to create a cube shape that will measure the same depth as the tray and measure 1.5cm in height. I covered the front of the cube with the red and white polka dot paper from the stash and attached my cube step, along the base of my tray. Cut a small amount of cheesecloth and drape the cloth over the top of the cube to look like snow. Attach with Collage Medium.

Now that my box is covered and complete, I moved onto the next stage of decorating...

I started with the poster that is placed behind the children and for this, I used one of the Ephemera pieces and matted it onto a piece of Woodgrain Watercolour card which I coloured using the same colours of Distress Paint as I used on the tray ~ Barn Door, Festive Berries and a dry brush of Black Soot.

I then placed a small Hex Fastener in each corner of the poster and attached the poster to the back wall of my tray using foam pads.
For the garland across the top of the tray, I used some of the Christmas Fringe and draped it across the top of the box, attaching it at the two ends and in the centre.
I then added three of the Tiny Bells to the middle of the garland and added a small bow.
Now for the trees and to colour my Christmas trees ~ I took one of each size Woodland Tree and spritzed them with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain. You can let these dry naturally or if you're impatient like me, gently heat dry them with a heat tool. Once they are thoroughly dry, I then rolled the trees in some Glossy Accents, before sprinkling them with Rock Candy Dry Glitter ~ leave them to one side to dry.

To decorate my trees, I coloured some of the Baubles with Turquoise Alcohol Ink and attached them with Matte Collage Medium, I also added some small gems to create a bit more shimmer and shine.

As a finishing touch, I placed one of the fluted stars on the largest tree.
For the paper dolls, I applied a coat of Matte Collage Medium over the top. Once dry, I gave  them a light colour wash by using Distress Crayons and blending them out with a semi dry baby wipe. To attach my children safely into the tray, I used foam pads on the back of the figures and then placed them so they would stand on the cheesecloth covered step that I've previously attached. I also added my trees at this stage, placing them either side of the children.
I then applied some Grit Paste around the feet of the children and around the base of the trees, before sprinkling the wet paste with Rock Candy Glitter. At this stage I also added some snowball baubles, that I coated with Collage Medium and sprinkled with glitter.
To complete the decoration of the tray, I used a Christmas Word Band altered with Picket Fence Distress Paint to accentuate the wording and attached this to the front of my step.
As a finishing touch, I added a Curio Knob to the top of my tray.
So, that completes my tray and as you can see, it really has plenty of dimension, sparkle (which is really hard to pick up on the camera) and a beautiful vintage feel.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you again on Friday with another project!
See you then...Emma x

Cheesecloth and gems from my own stash


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