Monday, 18 September 2017

When Black Cats Prowl and Pumpkins Gleam...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week our theme is called Shimmer and Shine and we want you to get your sparkle on and think of all the ways you can shine in this challenge...

For my project, I decided it was time to start making some Halloween pieces ready for the big day and created a centrepiece for my table that glimmers and shines in so many ways, especially when you turn the lights on in the little crackled jar. With so many wonderful new dies, it was hard to choose just one but my heart really does belong to the one this gorgeous die that I have used, Witchcraft by Tim Holtz ~ from the minute I saw her, I knew this was my die of the season and here she is standing proud surrounded by many other Tim Holtz goodies!
It's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
 

To begin with I started by cleaning my jar and drying it thoroughly ~ you really do need to make sure your jar is dry before adding any mediums, as even the smallest amount of grease can affect the final result, so I would recommend the dishwasher or if not, just a really good clean, inside and out will do just as well!

I then started by adding a layer of Collage Medium, brushing it over the surface of the jar. I allowed the medium to dry completely before then taking Rock Candy Crackle Paint and applying the paint with a brush over the dried medium. I added various amounts to different areas of the jar, so that some crackles would be bigger than others when it dried.

Once you've covered the entire jar, set aside to dry...I would recommend overnight to get the optimum crackle but if you're a little impatient like me, you might want to keep checking and go in earlier!

For the next stage, I wanted to add some colour to accentuate the crackles and for this, I used alcohol inks in Gold Metallic, Mushroom and Latte ~ applying the ink to the surface using the applicator tool. For the harder to reach areas, I just pull off the felt and using a pair of disposable gloves, apply the ink directly.
For the lid, I used a small amount of the same alcohol inks and just added the colour to create more of an antique feel to the silver.

Finally, I took an ephemera piece and attached the label to the front of my jar using Collage Medium to secure it into place.
Now for the fun part, decorating the top and I began with my witch! I cut five separate pieces of the witch image from a thin piece of chipboard and then using collage medium layered them together to create one very substantial and solid image. I also did this with the little cat.

I then painted the image, (back and front because you will see all around this piece) with Black Soot Distress Paint, allowed it to dry. Once dry, I applied a thin layer of 3D Gel over the top of one side of my witch and then sprinkled with Black Soot Distress Glitter. Allow to dry before repeating on the other side.
Whilst the die cuts are drying, I dyed some cheesecloth with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and gave them a blast of heat to dry them. I also took a small chunk of driftwood, coloured it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then draped the cheesecloth over the piece of wood, attaching it with Collage Medium. This will become the base for my witch to stand against, so it will create a little step behind her and give her some support.

Now to attach all those pieces and for this, I would recommend that you place your lid onto the jar, just so that you know where the centrepoint for your decoration will be.

Cut a circle of paper from Tim's Halloween Paper stash the size of the lid and adhere into place with Collage Medium before attaching the driftwood in place. For the heavier pieces, I do use a hot glue gun to secure them.

Attach the witch to the driftwood, so she appears to be standing in front and then add some art stones around her feet, attaching them with 3D Gel.

Add some mini pumpkins, Boneyard findings and a skull before placing some moss onto the lid.
Remember, you do see all around this piece, so add pieces to the back and the front.
At this stage, I also added a Clippings Sticker to the front of the lid.
Finally, once the Art Stones were dry, I painted them with Unicorn's Hair Alchemy paint to create a very subtle shimmer.

Tie some tinsel twine from the Halloween Trimmings by Tim Holtz and tied this around the jar before adding some battery operated fairy lights inside.
For the cat, I just attached the layered glittered die cut to a Dimensional glittered star that I had left over from last week's project and placed it by the side of the jar but I am going to be making more of these as they will make fantastic place settings for the table.
I hope you love this project and it's given you some ideas for halloween. I had so much fun with this piece, that I think I'll be making one of these for Christmas too as they look fabulous on the table!

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


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 Chipboard, driftwood, moss, cheesecloth and jar from my own stash

Monday, 11 September 2017

Look At The Stars, Look How They Shine For You...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, our theme is called ~ IT'S WRITTEN IN THE STARS and we can't wait to see how you will interpret this fun challenge!

As you all know we are celebrating STAMPtember over at Simon Says Stamp and today we are all super excited about the new STAMPtember® Stamp And Stencil Exclusive designed by Tim Holtz! These sets are available for a limited time and once they have sold out they won’t be replaced...so, you need to get yours while they are in stock because you don’t want to miss out!
So back to this week's challenge and for my project, I was inspired by the lyrics from my favourite Coldplay song, Yellow and I took the line from that song to create my Etcetera tag using dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix to make my starry night scene and the words of that song written in the stars.
It's time for a brand new challenge and here's how I created this piece...
 

To begin with I cut a panel of canvas paper to measure the exact size of the smallest Etcetera tag. You can work directly onto the tag's surface but I wanted to have just a little texture to my background and the canvas paper will give me this.

Now to begin the layers to build up my galaxy and to start I laid down some black gesso, covering the surface of the paper. Once the gesso was dry, I then went in with some colour and started with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint, applying the paint over the top of the gesso and blending out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe. I then added more layers by using Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Brushed Pewter and Black Soot ~ each time blending out the layers in horizontal strokes to create the blend of colours I wanted. Once I was happy with the overall effect, I then heat dried the paper and spritzed it with some Tarnished Brass Mica Spray to create the glittery effect of a galaxy.
 
I attached the finished background to the Etcetera tag using Collage Medium and added the ring around the hole which I painted with the black gesso and Blueprint Sketch before heat drying and adding a touch of wax to create a shimmer. Set the tag aside to work on the elements.
Starting with the stars, I used the Stacked Stars die to die cut some chipboard. I wanted three glittered stars with between two and three layers on each. I painted the chipboard with a layer of Sterling Acrylic Paint from Dina Wakley and then once the paint was dry, I applied some 3D gel over the top. I then sprinkled the stars with a mix of Pumice Stone Distress Glitter, silver micro beads and Silver Glass Glitter. Allow the glitter to set, leaving it overnight means that it will be rock hard once you start working on them and layering each section. The smaller stars are all die cut from metallic kraft stash, gold and silver, using the Crescent Moon and Stars die.

For the little people I used one of my favourite Halloween dies from Tim and I am so pleased that he's done this in a thinlits version which is slightly larger than the original die. I used the little people die to die cut some very thin chipboard ~ I cut three pieces of chipboard which I then stuck together to create a substantial die cut piece.

I then started to create my enamel effect by pouncing a Versamark ink pad over the top of the die cut and then sprinkling a mixture of embossing powders which include, Liquid Platinum, Gold and Black powders.
Once you have heated the first layer with the heat gun and the powders have melted, continue to apply the Versamark and the embossing powders to build up the layers, I probably applied 6 layers to get this thickness.
For the final element of this scene, I needed the wording and for this I used a combination of the Alpha Deco die and the Thinlits Thin Words die to die cut the lettering from Metallic card and a silver Deco Sheet. As you can see, I layered the Deco wording over the top of gold metallic, to create a shadow effect.
Now for the fun part, putting this project together and I started by attaching my wording, using Collage Medium to adhere each letter into place. I then added the little people using foam pads to add some dimension. To ground the figures, I used some cheesecloth, dyed with Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Spray Stain and then attached using Collage Medium and also added a twig. I also added some Art Stones, attached with the 3D gel medium and painted with Unicorn's Hair Acrylic Paint.
Finally, I attached my layered stars, again using Collage Medium....
...and adde some highlights of gold foil to the edges, by running a Collage Stick along the edge of the tag and pressing down the foil sheet, shiny side uppermost to transfer the foil.
And that completes my starry night tag, full of glimmer and shine and lots of sparkle to create this little scene!


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



Monday, 4 September 2017

Stamp It...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge called STAMP IT! This month, is a very special month over at SSS because...we're celebrating StampTember ~ a month long party full of exclusive new products, giveaways and special guests and the Monday Challenge team will be joining in with the celebrations and we hope you will too!
For this week's challenge, each team member was sent a surprise product from the brand new release and today, we are all sharing the projects we made using those stamps and dies! The stamp set that I was sent is the cute Carol Singers set and I decided to create my first Christmas card of 2017 using these fun characters.
So, here we go...it's time for this week's challenge and here's how I created my card! 
  


Many of my regular visitors will know that I don't usually do "cute" but today I have embraced my cute side with this card and to begin with I started with the stamping...

I began by stamping my bear image onto a piece of heavyweight mixed media card using Archival Ink and stamping a second image that once cut out, will be used as a mask for when I create the background. I then cut a circle to use as a template for the moon and placed this directly onto my card, overlapping the image of the bear and place the mask of the bear directly over the top of the image on the card. Now just work that Distress Ink magic by blending Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen inks over the surface and directly over the top of the masks, probably inking two thirds of the way down and leaving the bottom section free. I kept going until I was happy and then with the masks still in place, I splattered a small amount of water over the inked background before dabbing away the excess with a paper towel.

Removing the moon mask, I then inked the colour of the moon using some more Antique Linen and a touch of Frayed Burlap to add the depth.

For the snowy effect at the bottom, I just painted on some gesso, adding it thicker to places than others and then once the paint was dry, added some shadows using the same coloured inks as I used on the sky.

Next, I removed the bear mask and coloured the image using Distress Marker pens. Adding light and shade to certain areas. You'll also notice if you look real close, I've actually given the bear some eyes by colouring in the whites and adding little pupils. I also gave him some polka dot trousers, just for fun!
I then stamped the image of the cat onto a further piece of card, coloured the image and cut around the outline before attaching it with foam pads to create my scene.

I stamped some music notes from the stamp set around the image and then added the wording, again from the same stamp set.
For a base for the cuties to stand on, I used some cheesecloth ~ one section coloured with Tumbled Glass and one left white. I entwined the two pieces together and then using Collage Medium, I stuck the cloth to the background, adding some Art Stones to look like little snowballs around their feet.
To complete the scene, I added some gold die cut stars that were left over from a future Halloween project and placed them amongst dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops, applied directly onto the card.

Finally I added a sticker, (from Tim's Holiday Talk Metallic Sticker set from last year) along the bottom and two pearl baubles to either side.
To finish my card, I matted it onto layers of various coloured card and a piece of the gorgeous paper from last years Tidings Paper Stash by Tim Holtz. I finished the card with a piece of twine wrapped around and tied into a bow and added a button.

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


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Tim Holtz Holiday Talk Metallic Stickers 2016 from my own stash

Monday, 28 August 2017

As Easy As ABC...

Hello friends and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! This week, as our thoughts turn to the end of the summer holidays, our theme is all about STUDY & SCHOOL and we are so looking forward to seeing how you interpret the challenge and studying the projects that you create!

For my panel, I was inspired by one of the pieces of paper from the gorgeous Memoranda stash by Tim Holtz and created a project based on an old report card, adding plenty of layering and elements that were all school related and mixing them with stamped images and inky detail!
So, it's time for the brand new challenge to begin...
 
...and here's how I created my project ~ it's as easy as ABC! 
To begin with, I cut the paper that I chose from the Memoranda stash to use as my base, measuring approximately 24 x18cm. I then added some extra ink splats over the top of the paper by applying Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink through the Splats Layering Stencil. I then added a few more splatters by flicking some Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface. Heat set the ink and paint before stitching around the outside of the paper and matting onto some black chipboard, leaving a border around the outside edge.

The paper that I chose, actually showed a girl's name, so because I wanted to use an image of a boy, I actually added a Clippings Sticker (no.24) over the top, just to hide the name.
Now to move onto the layers and to begin with I wanted to add a pile of books to build up some of the dimension, so I used the stamp from the Schoolhouse set, stamped onto a piece of Mixed Media Heavyweight card and then watercoloured the image with Distress Marker Pens before cutting around the outline of the books. Set this aside for later.
To start building up the layers...
...I began by attaching some school related pieces from the Collector's Ephemera and the Snippets sets and adhered a couple of these directly onto my paper using Collage Medium. To create a shadow around the edge of the pieces, I ran the Black Soot Distress Marker Pen around the outside and then smudged it with my finger.
For the next layer and the start of the dimension, I wanted to create a mini clipboard and did this by taking the System of Marking card from the Collector's Ephemera pack and mounting it onto chipboard to make it more substantial. I then added some Vintage Collage Medium over the top, drying it thoroughly before sanding the surface to create scratch marks and inking around the edge. I added a hinge clip, altered with alcohol ink, clipping it to the top to recreate the clipboard. I then attached the piece to my layers using foam pads.

Using one of the Ruler pieces, I applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink directly over the top of the wood and then rubbed away any excess ink with a damp cloth. Attach the ruler, with a Index Clip on the end across the bottom section of the clipboard, before adding the stamped book image, placed over a bed of sisal fibres and a paper doll.
For some added embellishments, I added some numbers from the Numbers remnant rubs set and some gold stars from the Gilded Accents Set. To complete this section, I attached a pen nib, which I altered with alcohol ink for a more vintage feel and added a small wrap of twine around the metal.

I completed the upper section by adding the ABC lettering, using Typography Findings. To change the colour of the letters, I used Candied Apple Distress Paint for the first layer, allowed it to dry and then pounced a little Black Soot Paint over the top. I also coloured an Adornment star using Broken China Distress Paint. I attached the letters and the star using Collage Medium and then added a Clippings Sticker below, outlining the sticker with the Black Soot Marker Pen.
As the final finishing touches, I added some Nailhead findings to the bottom left and right hand corners and painted them with Gold Rush and Steampunk Copper Alchemy Paint to create the effect of rust around the Nailhead.
Then added a Quote Chip along the bottom edge...
...and that completes my school related project, packed full of little pieces that create and tell a story of this little boys life at school!
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



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