Monday, 16 April 2018


Hello friends!

Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and happy Monday everyone! Of course, the start of a brand new week means that it's the start of a brand new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week, our theme is called...Let's Doodle!

Doodling isn't something I do very often...I draw, I create but I don't really doodle ~ maybe with the exception of when I'm on the phone in one of those never ending queues waiting for my call to be answered, I might then be tempted to pick up a pen and doodle over the odd magazine photo or scrap of paper. But today was the day and with this fun theme in mind, I thought now was the time to get those pens out and start doodling and I created a layout using an absolutely adorable photo from Tim Holtz's Found Relatives and adding plenty of doodles. I also wanted to create a panel that told a story of this adorable young boy and his dreams for the future and so I incorporate some doodled words ~ imagine, dream and explore into this piece.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I used the Tim Holtz Guillotine from Tonic to cut a piece of watercolour card, approx 18 x 24 in size and used low tack masking tape to create a rectangular panel on my card, that is slightly off centre.

I then applied a wash of watered down Antique Linen Distress Paint, heat dried it and then blended a small amount of Pumice Stone, again slightly watered down and applied this over the top. Once the paint is dry, I then removed my low tack tape to reveal the panel.

I added torn pieces of tissue tape over the top of the painted block, applying a layer of Matte Collage Medium to secure them into place and allowing the tape to go outside the box in some areas. I then applied colour using Pumice Stone, Black Soot and Weathered Wood Distress Crayons onto the taped areas, blending out the colour with a semi dry baby wipe.
Once happy, I added some gesso using an old credit card to scrape it over the tape and keeping the gesso quite thick in some areas to create texture. I randomly stamped some text using the Script stamp from the Entomology set and then applied Grit Paste through the Mini Stitched Layering stencil, allowed it to dry before dry brushing gold paint over the top ~ the brush catches some areas but leaves others white, which I love. I also added some flicks of navy blue and gold paint over the background.

Now for the doodling and for this, I used a black Dylusions Paint pen and just doodled a border around the painted block, adding wording ~ imagine and explore and just letting the pen do the work.

Now moving onto the photo and after sanding the edges of the image, I added some more doodling using the white pen from the set. I also added some Snippets Ephemera pieces to the image, a mirrored star to his hat and lightly coloured his adorable little cheeks and his shirt collar using Distress Marker Pens.
I layered the image over the top of some torn pieces of corrugated card, that I painted with a wash of gesso and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink before adding a highlight of gold paint to accentuate the corrugation.

I then attached the image with foam pads to create dimension.

To create the rusty look on the gears, I painted each gear with Finnabair's Steampunk Copper Alchemy paint and then dabbed small amounts of Rust paste over the top. I then used the Black Soot Distress Crayon to add some darker tones to the metal before attaching the gears with Collage Medium and placing them around the photo.

I also added a Numeric adornment, again giving it a rusty appearance and a Story Stick.
To complete the background, I added a Remnant Rub, a pointy finger and some Adornments Stars which I doodled around. I also added some tiny doodled circles before mounting the panel onto chipboard that I painted black.
As my finishing touch, I added a Quote Chip, aged with some Vintage Collage Medium and attached this to the photo and adhered some Nailhead Findings to the top left and bottom right hand corners...
I hope this project has inspired you on how you can incorporate some doodling into your project and hope you've enjoyed the creative process, it was such a fun piece to create and I can't help but smile every time I look at that little boy's face ~ he is just the cutest!

Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

Monday, 9 April 2018


Hello friends...

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and welcome to the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Mythology/Inspired By A Story. This week, we are challenging you to be inspired by a fable, myth or story and we hope you'll join us and play along this fun theme but please don't forget to mention on your post which myth, story or fable you are inspired by.

For my project, I was inspired by Greek mythology, a subject that I studied long and hard at school and which was always one of my favourite lessons. I remember doing an in-depth project on Ancient Greece, carefully drawing images of the Acropolis and ancient Gods and Godesses and to this day, I still love visiting the British Museum, where I’m fascinated by everything they exhibit. So when I saw this theme, I just knew what I wanted to create, a dimensional canvas panel telling the story of Athena's owl.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I created my background on a canvas board, 24 x 18cm ~ I wanted to keep the colours fairly neutral for this piece, creating the look of a stone coloured background, adding woody, earthy tones over the top and finishing the piece with touches of metallic bronze.

I applied some Tissue Tape directly to the background, placing it on the right hand side of the canvas, where I would be concentrating on my focal point. I scraped gesso over the top of the canvas and allowed this to dry before using Pumice Stone, Iced Spruce and Black Soot Distress Crayons over the top, blending them out with a semi dry baby wipe.

Once happy, with the colour and remember, you can always add more depth of colour by just adding more crayon to the areas you want darker, I then concentrated on texture and for this, I applied Grit Paste through the Crossed Layering Stencil.

When the paste is dry, I added some random stamping onto the background using the script stamp from the Entomology set.

To create the dripped effect on the central area of the background, I used the gold and black from the Prima Watercolour Metallic Paints palette and just allowed the paint to move around, creating drips and runs but what you can't see from the photo is the fabulous shimmer that these paints create. Heat dry the paint and then add some splatters using Black Soot Distress Paint.
I dry brushed some Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint around the edges and also applied Black Soot Distress Crayon.

Next, I attached one of the Baseboard Frames, placing it directly over the top of the drippy painted area on the canvas and adhering it with Matte Collage Medium.

I added some of Tim's Wood Slices which were available around Christmas time but if you haven't got these, Simon Says Stamp also sell a similar product HERE.

I attached the wood slices, together with a Mechanical Rustic Washer from Prima and arranged these across the bottom section of my baseboard frame with some more Collage Medium....
...and then using 3D gel, I added the gel around the slices before sprinkling Art Stones over the top. I allowed these to set and dry thoroughly before painting them with Dragon's Eye and Unicorn's Hair Sparks Acrylic Paint.

You can see the wonderful dimension that these wood slices create on this piece in the photo below and the owl is just suspended onto these pieces...
Now to move onto the subject of this piece, the owl and for this I used the Ornate Owl die and cut it twice from a piece of Mixed Media Heavyweight card. I then stuck these two pieces together to create a more substantial die cut.

I painted the image with Walnut Stain, Antiqued Bronze, Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Paints, blending the colours together to add light and dark shading. I also added some white paint to the eyes.
Once the image was dry, I added a touch of Alchemy Wax around the edges to accentuate the body.

To create the body and the backing to the die cut, I then placed the owl onto a piece of card from my stash that I'd previously inked with a few of the neutral Distress Oxide Inks and cut around the outline.
I attached my owl over the top of some sisal fibres, placing it in the centre of the frame and allowing the branch to sit on top of the wood slices.

For the foliage, I used the Garden Greens Thinlits die and die cut various pieces from green kraft card and gold metallic kraft card. I inked the edges of the green foliage and applied Hazelnut and Gunmetal Alcohol Ink to the gold pieces to create the look of bronze.

I then attached the foliage by tucking it in behind my owl, arranging it in a spray across the canvas.
At the top of the frame, I used a Vignette Accent which I inked with the Hazelnut and Gunmetal Alcohol Ink that I'd previously used and attached the metal piece to my frame with Collage Medium. I then placed another Finnabair Mechanical Rustic Washer piece which reads 'Create Magic' in the centre of the Accent and added a Star Adornment.
Below the frame, I wanted to add the word 'Wisdom' and used the Alphanumeric dies to cut the letters from silver card, which I then attached to a piece of gold metallic kraft stash, inked with the same alcohol inks as before. I matted the lettering onto black kraft stash card and then placed two hex fasteners into the plaque. I attached the plaque with foam pads directly beneath the frame.
Finally, I added some Clippings Stickers, one to the body of the owl ~ a wonderful creature and a number directly onto the canvas.

As a finishing touch, I used Nailhead Findings down the side of my canvas.
...and that completes this project which I hope you love! It was so much fun piece to create and I really did enjoy this week's theme ~ I just wish you could see the dimension, shimmer and shine on this project, which was really hard to capture in a photograph but I promise, I did try my best!

Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

Heat Gun

Just before I go, I wanted to let you all know that we're having a Design Team Call on our sister Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge . If you are interested in applying please CLICK HERE for more details.
Wednesday Challenge Design Team Call

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Simon Says Stamp ~ Creativity

Hello friends and Happy Sunday!

Today, I'm thrilled to be back on the Simon Says Stamp Store Blog and below I'm sharing a little sneaky peek of a project that I've created. I hope you'll pop over to leave me some love and check it out in it's entirety ~ I really do enjoy reading all your comments and appreciate the time you've taken to leave them!

See you tomorrow with my Monday Challenge piece and hope you'll come back to visit me and see what the exciting theme might be for this forthcoming challenge!
Love Emma xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

The Power of Three...

Hi everyone...

Hope you're all having a wonderful Easter and not to full from all those sweet treats and choccie eggs! It's hard to believe that another week has flown by and that it's Monday already but the good news is, it's time for the brand new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and this week our theme is called ~ A TRIO OF SOMETHING and as the title suggests, we want you to use three things on your project! The DT are also showcasing Dyan Reaveley products within in their creations but to join in, you don't have to do this!

For my project, I used Dyan's Journal to create pages representing three generations of women in a family. I've also used quite a few products and embellishments within these pages and all of these come in threes ~ the stars, the photos, the clippings stickers,  the Distress Crayons on the background, the bees and the's all a trio of products.
So, let's get started because it's time for the new challenge!

To begin with I added some torn Tissue Tape from the Symphony set and placed these directly onto my pages, focusing mainly on the right hand side. I then applied a layer of Collage Medium over the top which will allow me to effortlessly blend my crayons.
I wanted these pages to look really vintage and to create the colour on the background, I used three colours of Distress Crayons ~ Vintage Photo, Stormy Sky and Evergreen Bough which I applied by scribbling directly onto the pages, adding it over the top of the tissue tape and then just blending out the colour with my finger and a semi dry baby wipe. If you need areas to be more intense, just add more crayon for darker shading.

Once I was happy with the blend, I applied gesso over the top of the colour, applying a small amount of the medium directly onto the background and using an old credit card to scrape the gesso down the page.
Heat dry to set the paint and then I took some Crackle Paste and just scraped small amounts down my pages using a palette knife ~ adjusting the thickness, depending on how much crackle you want.
Once the lovely crackles have appeared and the paste is thoroughly dry, I then added some more crayon over the top, using a damp paint brush to blend the colour into the cracks and wiping away any excess with the baby wipe.

To complete the background, I then stamped some text onto random areas using Jet Black Archival Ink and splattered Black Soot Distress Paint across the surface.

I now have my background and can start working on the story these pages will tell...

First, I created the die cuts that sit behind the images and for this I used Seth Apter's Strands die and cut the three pieces from heavyweight card stock. I then inked the surface by dabbing a Versamark Ink pad directly over the top and sprinkled Rose Gold Embossing Powder over the ink. Heat emboss the die cuts and then repeat to create a beautiful enamelled look.
Using three beautiful images from Tim's Vintage Photo Booth set and ensuring that these were there women of different ages, I cut them to size, lightly distressed and sanded the edges and then matted them onto gold metallic kraft card, leaving a border showing around the outside. For the image that is on the left hand side page, I added a further matted layer of paper from the Memoranda Stash. Attach each of the photos by layering them over the top of the three enamelled die cuts and some threads, placing the largest image on the left page and the other two images on the right hand page. I added a Clip to the top corner of the image on the left hand page and then added three Clippings stickers, one to each of the photos.
Now to add my three bees, and for this I stamped the images from the Entomology set onto Plain Collage Paper and then coloured the back of the stamped image with Distress Paints ~ Mustard Seed for the body and Tumbled Glass for the wings. Once the paint was dry, I took a fine paint brush and painted a line of water around the outline of the bee, before very gently pulling away the tissue paper. This technique will give you a seamless finish when you attach the stamped image onto the background and you'll have no harsh cut edges to your tissue paper.
Adhere the three tissue paper bees to the background using Matte Collage Medium. I also apply the medium over the top of the stamped image to seal it.

To complete these pages, I added my quote using Big Chat and Small Talk Stickers. I applied Vintage Collage Medium to colour the white stickers and attached these to my pages with Collage Medium before adding shading around the outside with Black Soot Distress Marker Pen.
I added three Star Adornments, some torn Design Tape and a No.5 Remnant Rub to the pages.

To complete the pages, I used some Melange Pebbles coloured with Prima's Gold Rush and Unicorn's Hair acrylic paints and attached these to my pages.
I hope you've enjoyed the creative process of these pages and I hope it will inspire you with some ideas of your own on how you can incorporate three things into your projects...

Don't forget, you can find more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog 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 I'll see you very soon!

Love Emma xxx

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