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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Summer In The City... by Cathy

Hello friends! We are back today with another post for our Summer In The City June theme. This year we are focusing our challenges around music, and this one was one of Kim's dad's favourite songs. He loved playing 'Name the Band' and 'Name the Year' song games as their family headed out in the station wagon with the 8 track. 

Our June Dare is to challenge you to create anything dedicated to the SUMMER! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.


Cathy

Welcome everyone! It's getting close to summer but some of us are feeling the heat already! And what do you do if it's Summer in the City (our Dare theme) - you go to the beach! How about a little tropical humor - Tropic Like It's Hot!

 

This is a very straightforward project done on the blank side of a postcard!  I stamped my image in the corner and then started embossing!


Seth Apter's Sand embossing powder was perfect for this, as were his Baked Velvet colors! 


And the sun was courtesy of Paper Artsy Chalk Acrylics!


There is no wrong or right way - just get your embossing pen and start adding your colors to create a tropical ocean scene!


I added some birds and sentiment with paint pens. I also outlined some of the features of the stamp and added some Maize embossing powder to the sun.


You can see how shiny the powder is - so glossy! And the translucence let's you layer colors. I think it's ready to send back home in the mail!


Thanks for stopping by the blog here at Emerald Creek! I hope you'll play along with us and do some shopping - we DARE you! 

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Emerald Creek Supplies used:
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STAMPS:


Other Supplies:
Embossing Pen
Archival Ink
Blank Postcard
PaperArtsy - Butternut
PaperArtsy - Smoked Paprika
Paint Pens


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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECJUNE2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Thursday, 13 June 2019

Summer In The City... by Ann

Hello friends! We are back today with another post for our Summer In The City June theme. This year we are focusing our challenges around music, and this one was one of Kim's dad's favourite songs. He loved playing 'Name the Band' and 'Name the Year' song games as their family headed out in the station wagon with the 8 track. 

Our June Dare is to challenge you to create anything dedicated to the SUMMER! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Summer In The City


Hi everyone, this month the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is an "anything goes" theme based on the summer, and the song Summer In The City.


I wanted to make something directly related to the inspiration "Summer in the City." I have created a small vignette of New York City, a wonderful place to visit any time of year, and most especially, the Statue of Liberty, which is an incredible summer tour destination.


I begin with a wooden vignette box. The inside is covered with a layer of white gesso and allowed to dry. I know that I will be using the translucent Baked Velvet powder in Agean Sea to create the sky, and want a clean base to best display the color. I begin with one layer of embossing powder on the back panel as well as the interior top and sides. The powder is heat set and then cooled. Once cool, I brush on random areas of embossing ink and add another coat of Agean Sea powder. These areas are heat set, manifesting a deeper color, adding interest and also perhaps representing wispy clouds.


The interior base of the vignette box is coated with embossing ink and covered with Deep Sea Baked Texture embossing powder. This powder is also translucent, but a much darker shade of blue/green. I thought this would be perfect for the waters that surround Ellis Island and NYC.


Once the backgrounds are complete, I begin work on the city skylines. I know I want to have at least a couple rows of buildings to give the vignette depth. Using pieces of skyline die-cut, I determine which sections will be in the foreground and which will set into the background. The pieces are cut to fit inside the vignette box. The background skyline is coated with VersaMark embossing ink; covered with Seth Apter's Eclipse Baked Velvet embossing powder, then heat set.


The foreground skyline is covered with Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Baked Texture embossing powder and heat set. Once cool, the pieces are set into the vignette box. I use a piece of wood dowel along the bottom edge of the first skyline to create a gap behind the piece. The second skyline also has a wood spacer to set it a distance in front of the first.


I like the shadow lines this creates as well as providing plenty of visual depth.


The Statue of Liberty chipboard shape is coated with embossing ink and covered with Patina Oxide Baked Texture, one of my favorites of Seth Apter's original release. The flame is first covered with Mirror Platinum then a layer of Ancient Amber Baked Texture is added to give the flame an authentic look. Lady Liberty is secured to the edge of the vignette box with a strong adhesive and set aside to cure.


The label letters forming the title "LIBERTY" are die-cut from Metallic Kraft Stock and adhered to the bottom rail of the vignette box with collage medium. I think this will be a fun piece to display and evoke memories of a wonderful experience.


I hope that you are inspired to play along with the Emerald Creek Dares challenge this month, we'd love to see what you've been creating with a summer theme. Be sure to add your link, if you dare.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
~Ann 

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Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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EMBOSSING POWDERS:

Baked Velvet: Agean SeaEclipse
Classic: Mirror Platinum

Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Wagner Studio Precision Heat Tool

other supplies:
Dina Wakely white gesso
Distress Collage Medium: matte
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Landmarks
Ranger Embossing Dauber
Tim Holtz Ideaology vignette box
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations dies: skyline, label letters
VersaMark embossing ink pad
wood spacers

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECJUNE2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!




Monday, 10 June 2019

Summer In The City... by Michelle

Hello friends! We are back today with another post for our June theme - Summer In The City. This year we are focusing our challenges around music, and this one was one of Kim's dad's favourite songs. He loved playing 'Name the Band' and 'Name the Year' song games as their family headed out in the station wagon with the 8 track. 

Our June Dare is to challenge you to create anything dedicated to the SUMMER! Click the link below to listen to this awesome song.

Summer In The City


Urban Tag 
By



Hello crafty friends! It’s finally summer, and this project was created for the “Summer In The City” challenge. When I think of Chicago summers I think of the cement beach front along Lake Michigan. I also think of warm breezy evenings exploring the Loop. It’s one of my favorite cities and inspiration for this project. 


Here's the video link to make the tag and box as well.


Simple Instructions: 
1.) Cut 2”x 2” square from patterned or watercolor paper.
2.) Stamp footprint using watermark in. 
3.) Cover image with embossing powder and heat. 
4.) Corner punch corners and ink edges with Distress Ink.
5.) Punch a small hole at top center and attach twine.

Here's a look at the finished gift tag and boxes-


This project is super easy to recreate. I let the stamp, embossing powder, and paper do all of the work for me! I hope that I’ve inspired you to make a cool urban tag project too.

Happy Crafting!
Michelle


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Emerald Creek Supplies used:

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STAMPS:

EMBOSSING POWDERS:

Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink

Misc. Craft supplies: 
Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers -  Metal Textures
Versafine Watermark Ink Pad
Twine

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To play we need you to link up ANY social media project pics you are posting this month that fit the category. #ECJUNE2019
 on your posts as well so we can reference them and if you add and tag various Emerald Creek product you will get a bonus entry. At the end of the month we will pick a winner and send a prize pack to the Winner as well as link up their project and share it out.



Just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.


So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!